Sixty-five entries signed up to be in Thursday night’s Christmas parade, and those 65 provided a festive night for the hundreds who showed up for it. Ben Singleton and Carl Hinton organized the parade. They said they appreciate the volunteers who helped make sure it ran smoothly.
Facilities manager Craig Russell was the master of ceremonies.
Bethel Church was best overall winner. Jack’s Family Restaurant was named most original. CVG won most Christmas spirit. Santa Claus was also a winner when he ended the parade riding on a fire truck and throwing candy to children.
The Girl and Boy Scouts were grand marshals.
“We always like having them in the parade,” Singleton said. “They always do such a good job.”
The Piedmont High Blue Knights Band played Christmas music. A notable sight was Buddy Bell’s 1950 Chevy pickup. It featured military flags and other military memorabilia, which went perfectly with the parade, since it was on Pearl Harbor Day, Singleton said.
“We’re very pleased with all the floats and all the entries,” Singleton said. “We could tell that everyone put a lot of thought and hard work into the creations and we appreciate that.”
County Commissioner Lee Patterson and his wife, Susan, rode in a carriage pulled by a motor grader borrowed from the county.
Several car clubs brought their antique vehicles, rail buggies and motorcycles. Ted Reid brought his homemade car, which was driven by Jenna Calvert.
“This was one of the biggest and best parade we’ve ever had in Piedmont,” Singleton said. “There were no glitches that we heard of. Everyone there seemed to enjoy it, and that’s what we wanted to happen.”
The parade was originally scheduled for Tuesday night, but rain caused it to be canceled.