Christmas parade rolls through Marshville

Nov. 17, 2012 @ 06:18 PM

Children dived and grabbed for candy as parade participants shouted and waved at the crowd Saturday afternoon during Marshville's Christmas parade.

Many of those lined up along Marshville streets to see the annual event were residents of the town and nearby areas.

Many of the parade participants were local people as well.

The parade began with Marshville Police Chief Carl Webber leading the way in a Marshville police car, which was followed by vehicles carrying community members and members of local organizations and businesses. Cheerleading groups, bands and others could also be found in the parade marching in between the string of parade vehicles.

"It's a good yearly family thing," Janel Griffin, who came out to the parade Saturday, said.

She, along with many others who could be found standing and sitting along town streets to view the event, had attended many times in the past. Some even said they've stood in the same spot year after year to watch the parade.

"It's short and sweet," Marie Collins, another parade attendee said in reference to why she enjoys coming to the town's parade.

This year's parade featured various makes and models of cars, farm equipment and other vehicles as well as appearances by Marshville's town council members, bands and cheerleaders from the area, local Boy and Girl Scout troops, organizations and businesses in and around Marshville and Santa Claus, who for this parade chose to make an appearance on a fire truck from the Beaver Lane Volunteer  Fire Department instead of with his usual sleigh and reindeer.

"I think it was longer this year," Nancy Pressley, a regular attendee of the parade, said.

As in past years, she enjoyed all of the parade and especially being able to see some of the local pageant winners in it and their crowns, she said.

"It was good, the kids had fun, we got lots of candy," Jeremy Napier who came to the parade with his family, said.

Katie Coppedge, 10, said candy was one of the things she liked most about the parade.

She and other children and even some adults at the event could be seen walking away at the end with handfuls and bags full of candy they'd gathered when parade participants tossed them into the crowd.

Other parts of the parade people said they enjoyed were the musical performances by the local school bands, seeing horses trot down Marshville's streets and seeing Santa Claus.