BUFFALO — The Christmas Season is now under way and in Union County that means not one, not two, not three, not four, but five Christmas Parades and the first one was held Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Christmas Parade is the first of the five Christmas Parades that will be held over a two-week period. Sunday’s parade took place down Main Street in the Buffalo Community. People set on their front porches to watch the parade go by while others — especially if they had children or grandchildren — set on the sidewalks to await the arrival of the parade’s participants and the treats they would be bringing with them.
The parade began at 4 p.m. and the various participants made their way along Main Street. There were Christmas floats floats made by churches and other participating groups and businesses; fire trucks from the county’s various fire departments; antique and unique automobiles; carloads of public officials; community and school pageant winners; and music performed by the Union County High School Marching Band.
Many of the participants in the parade tossed out candy to the children lining the streets with their families. Much of the candy landed at the feet of the children making it easy for them — or mom and dad and/or grandma and grandpa — to reach down and pick it up to be taken home. The rain of sweets included lots of Tootsie Rolls, suckers, peppermints and other hard candies, and lots more.
No Christmas Parade is complete, however, without an appearance by Santa Claus and the Buffalo Christmas Parade did not disappoint as the Jolly Old Elf, accompanied by a young helper, arrived in, what else, a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer.
Santa’s appearance, of course, marked the end of the Buffalo Christmas Parade, but not the end of Union County’s Christmas Parade Season.
This weekend will be an especially busy one as there will be three Christmas Parades in a row.
On Friday, Main Street in downtown Union will be the scene of an evening-long Christmas celebration called “A Union County Christmas: Past, Present & Future” which will include:
• The Lighted Union Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. which will kick off the evening’s festivities.
• A Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the lawn of the Union County Courthouse.
• Carriage and Wagon Rides along Main Street. Rides will cost $5 for adults and $3 for children.
• Downtown Open House during which the businesses of Main Street will be open giving those in attendance the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.
• Vendors selling food along Main Street.
• Christmas entertainment.
• A storyteller at Main Street Junction who will be telling stories about Christmases past.
Santa Claus will not only be in the parade, but afterwards will be at Main Street Junction to visit with the children in attendance and to pose for pictures with them. Pictures with Santa will be $5.
On Saturday it will be the turn of the Town of Jonesville to get in on the Christmas Parade cheer when the Jonesville Christmas Parade gets under way at 3 p.m.
Then, on Sunday, the Town of Lockhart will experience its share of Christmas Parade cheer with the Lockhart Christmas Parade which will begin at 3 p.m. Parade participants will line up on Lockhart Drive and must be in place by no later than 2 p.m. Floats will be judged from 2:15-2:30 p.m. and trophies awarded for Best Theme, Original, and Attractive. The trophies will be handed out at the Festival of Lights which will be held at Lockhart First Baptist Church following the parade.
Last, but certainly not least, the Town of Carlisle will join in the Christmas Parade cheer with the Carlisle Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. After the parade there will be a Christmas Drop-In at the Carlisle Town Hall where refreshments will be served.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.