Cheraw Christmas Parade seeks entries

Prizes to be awarded

While it may seem too soon to have visions of sugarplums, plans for this year’s Cheraw Christmas Parade are now underway.

Scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m., this year’s parade will be held on the same day as the Cheraw ChristmasFest, an all-day family friendly event at Centennial Park, complete with Santa Claus, amusement rides, and children’s activities. Fireworks will also be a part of the day’s activities, with the show planned at the conclusion of this year’s parade.

Cheraw_ChristmasVolunteer parade organizer Gail Paul, along with Mayor Andy Ingram, are encouraging homemade floats as part of this year’s holiday event. While professional floats will continue to be welcomed, churches, schools, local businesses, organizations and civic groups are urged to enter a homemade float.

With the homemade entries, a $250 prize will be awarded in each of three categories: Best Religious, Best Holiday Season and Best Overall. Only homemade or non-professional floats will be eligible for these prizes.

For the contest, a homemade float has been defined as any float not created by a professional float company. Individuals creating the floats may purchase and utilize “store bought” materials in constructing their float.

In the event of rain, the parade will be rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 15 at 5:30 p.m. To sign up your entry for this year’s Christmas parade or for additional details, contact Gail Paul at 843-517-0400

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  • Jayson

    Why does the Hamlet Christmas Parade have to be on a weekday? Cheraw and I think Laurinburg have theirs on the weekend. Many working people can’t attend a Christmas parade on a weekday. I have to ask off work early to see the parade. Saturday or Sunday parades would have a bigger attendance.

  • Daffy

    Jayson, I agree. Saturday would be best for most I would think.

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