Boykins hosts Christmas paradePublished 10:41am Saturday, December 21, 2013
BOYKINS—Linda Beatty was very pleased with the town of Boykins’ Christmas Parade on Sunday.
“It was a good day and beautiful weather for it,” the event chairwoman said at the close of the parade. “We cancelled it last week due to the weather, and we are so pleased with the turnout today.”
There were about 45 entrants and the route carried it through the town’s business district.
The route was lined full of spectators young and old for a 45-degree December day as they watched the parade, which featured marching bands from Southampton County and Franklin High School.
Winning awards for this year were as follows:
Most Appealing to children
First place: Boykin’s Main Street Initiative
Second place: GFWC Tarrara Woman’s Club
True Meaning of Christmas
First place: Boykin’s Baptist Church
Second place: Boykin’s United Methodist Church Youth Group
First place: The Colonel’s Coffee Club
Second place: BSV Bank
Best in the parade
Santa’s sleigh by the Cumberland Mill Work
The parade was sponsored by the Main Street Initiative, the Lion’s Club, GFWC Tarrara Woman’s Club and the Town of Boykins.
In her closing remarks, Beatty added thanks to the other members of the committee, which included Mayor Spier Edwards Jr., his wife Mary Ann Edwards and Denise Byrum.
Later, Boykins Mayor Edward Jr. presided at the eighth annual “Decorate the Christmas Tree Annual Event.” This climaxed a day of Christmas activity for the town at the Buck Lassiter Mini-Park downtown. During his welcome, the mayor said this annual event was to bring citizens together in the town in celebration of the Christmas period.
The program included a host of local dignitaries on the program including the Rev. Henry Diggs, Larry Hill, Carl Faison, Wallace Benton, Summer Taylor, Donald and Donavon Davis, the Rev. Raymond Bunn and the very special guest of the man from the North Pole, Santa Claus. After the short program, the official switch was thrown to light the tree and decoration for the park.
Refreshments were provided by Mary Elizabeth Washington.