Christmas Parade is a 70-year tradition

Nov. 19, 2012 @ 08:12 PM

Though the Union County Christmas Parade had fewer entries than in previous years, it was a fun day for the spectators and marchers alike. 

Best overall float went to Union Academy this year. The best scout float was Cub Scout Troop/Pack 316, sponsored by Hospice of Union County. The most spirit award went to the Union County Youth Ballet. The best band performance went to the Porter Ridge High School Band of Pirates. 

The judges this year were Marianne Wescoat, executive director of the Union Academy Foundation; Sheila Crunkleton, executive director of the Union County Red Cross; Clerk of Court J.R. Rowell; Assistant County Manager Wes Baker and Stephanic Belk, a local business owner. 

The parade, presented by the Alliance for Children, has a been a county tradition for about 70 years. 

"I think it was a really fun day," Parade Coordinator Kim Wolfe said. 

Wolfe believes the entries were fewer this year because Thanksgiving is earlier. 

"I think one of the reasons it was off this year is that Thanksgiving's earlier," Wolfe said. "Making it earlier, I think it snuck up on everybody."