This year’s festivities included about 65 floats in the parade, the Little Miss/Master contest, and the Candy Cane Lane after the parade in the Piedmont Community Building.
The Candy Cane Lane is a relatively new part of the event.
Children were able to sit on Santa’s lap, have their pictures taken with him and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.
Also, the Bonnes Amies Club announced the top two secular floats, the top two religious floats, and the best bands.
“The entries were all beautiful and well presented,” said Maxie Freeman, one of the parade’s directors. “We are very fortunate to have so many people and organizations kind enough to help us out with this event by bringing in their entries, and believe me, the Bonnes Amies Club is very appreciative of each and every one of (them) who entered and made this a very successful parade.”
The Bonnes Amies Club has been organizing and directing the parade for the past few years.
Best overall: Wren Baptist Church
Prestige Band: Carolina High School
Band first place: Wren High School
1st place — secular: Girl Scout Troop 2909
2nd place — secular: Downtown Café
1st place — religious: Pelzer Church of God
2nd place — religious: Bethel Church of God
Little Miss/Master Merry Christmas contest:
Tiny Miss Merry Christmas: Haley Crider.
Wee Miss Merry Christmas: Marley Merritt.
Wee Master Merry Christmas: Reece Morgan.
“(We) were thrilled to have several entries in this contest and they were all the cutest little folks you have ever seen,” Freeman said.