The weather was great day for a picnic or barbecue during the North Augusta Lions Club Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon, and many onlookers took advantage of the balmy conditions.
“It’s so warm,” said Jill Smiley, who was seated on Georgia Avenue near Martintown Road. “Usually we have to bundle up during this one.”
Smiley had packed a picnic for her family because they had been camped out since 1 p.m. waiting for the parade.
Smiley’s daughter and cousin were both in the parade, so she wanted to make sure she was close to the action. She served cheese and crackers, chocolate-dipped pretzels and other snack foods to eagerly waiting kids.
“We love this parade,” she said. “We make a day of it.”
This year’s parade theme was Dreams of Christmas, which was apparent by the cars dressed as Rudolph or donning candy cane hood ornaments, and the holiday songs performed by local schools’ marching bands.
From farm tractors to Corvettes, the parade was full of festive vehicles and animals, including horses and dogs.
The SRP Federal Credit Union pulled the SRP Express, a float shaped like a train, complete with bails of hay in the back.
Belvedere Elementary School started a chant with the thousands of people lined up and down the parade’s path.
“I say happy, you say holidays,” they yelled to an excited crowd. “Happy holidays!”
A little farther down Georgia Avenue, Brad and Mandy Pond were hosting their ninth annual Pond Porch Party & Parade Palooza outside their Georgia Avenue home for about 100 of their closest friends.
“Usually we serve cider and warm drinks,” Brad Pond said. “But this year it was nice enough to just have beer.”