The parade, which normally draws hundreds to the small unincorporated community every year, will begin at the intersection of S.C. 86 and River Road/Blossom Branch Road and will continue to S.C. 20. The Bonnes Amies Club sponsors the parade every year.
After the parade, children can sit on Santa’s lap on the Candy Cane Lane at the Piedmont Community Building.
Bonnes Amies Club member Maxie Freeman says the parade is successful because of the community’s support.
Piedmont isn’t a large community — it has less than 6,000 people and isn’t even an incorporated town. But the fire department and many of the small businesses support the parade and other events the Bonnes Amies Club hosts.
The Bonnes Amies Club will also host the annual Little Miss and Little Master pageant for children up to ages 6. They will be divided by age groups — birth to age 2, ages 2-4, and ages 4-6.
The Bonnes Amies Club is comprised solely of volunteers, and all of the money it raises goes to the community, Freeman said.
“People just know what we do, and they know we’re on the up and up,” Freeman said. “They know that what we do, and every penny we take in, goes right back in to that community.”
Freeman also said the fire department is very involved in the community. Every year the fire department holds a toy drive for the about 100 needy families in the community. Piedmont volunteer firefighters said the firemen will distribute the toys on Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10. Chief Tracy Wallace said they only collect new toys.
The Piedmont Fire Department also plays a major role in helping the parade, Freeman says.
“(It’s successful) because of the input of the fire department helping the Bonnes Amies Club,” she said.