Under a row of trees covered in Christmas lights, in the chilly evening temperatures, the Reidsville Christmas parade made its way down Scales Street on Saturday, Nov. 18.
This year’s parade theme was “From the Earth.” N.C. Cooperative Extension Director Brenda Sutton served as this year’s Grand Marshal.
Reidsville Police Department led the parade with two of their patrol cars at the front of the floats. Mayor James Festerman and Councilwoman Sherri Walker rode behind in cars.
Both Reidsville and Rockingham County High Schools’ Marching Bands walked the length of Scales Street.
The Christmas Parade started at Pennrose Mall and made it way down Scales Street until reaching downtown.
Though the parade started thirty minutes late, the atmosphere retained the Christmas spirit. Music filled downtown. The cooler temperatures had guest dressed in hats, coats, gloves and covered in blankets to keep warm.
“It’s a little cold outside but it’s nice,” Gloria Watlington said. “It’s an outing for us. Reidsville’s really small so this is a night out.”
Watlington said she came out to see her nephew, Cameron Peoples. Peoples rode with his football team, the Bears. The Bears are this year’s Reidsville Recreation 2012 Contact Football Champions.
For people like Watlington, who were taking in the parade, vendors walked around selling novelties, caramel apples and popcorn. First Baptist Church gave stew out, helping to warm people.
Spectators were introduced to new businesses like Ashley Hanes’ TransFURmations Pet Spa and Boutique and the French’s Koolies. Other local businesses like Taylor Chiropractic marched down the street.
Corporate businesses like Lowes Home Improvements, McDonalds and Sagebrush participated in the parade.
Local dance teams were given the opportunity to showcase their talents. Some spectators commented on being disappointed the dance teams were only allowed to dance on the giant “R” downtown and in front of the old Burger King closer to the mall. The teams still showed their holiday spirit as they marched.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office finished up the parade with a large group of horseback riders following behind.
The parade couldn’t be complete without an appearance by Santa, Ms. Claus and their eight reindeer.