Christmas celebrated in Buffalo


Three Christmas Parades this weekend

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus waves to the families lining Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Sunday’s parade featured floats, cars carrying government officials and pageant winners, cars both antique and unique, the Union County High School Marching Band and JROTC Color Guard, and, of course, Santa who will be making appearances at the other Christmas parades in Union County this December.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Community Center is a big part of the Buffalo Community and so it was more than fitting that it was part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade this past Sunday. Buffalo is the first community to hold its Christmas Parade and, as in past years, delivered an afternoon of family friendly fun for the residents of the community and visitors who came to share in the joy of the parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Christmas Parade Marshal Nettie Ford waves to onlookers as the car carrying her in her place of honor makes its way down Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon.


Charles Warner | The Union Times ”Chase,” “Marshal,” and “Skye”from children’s cartoon series “PAW Patrol” took part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The three are first responders on the show so it is more than appropriate that they rode on an emergency vehicle during the parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The float of Trail Life Troop SC-332 of Buffalo Baptist Church wished those attending Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade a Merry Christmas while also honoring America by displaying Old Glory.


Charles Warner | The Union Times A parade just isn’t a parade without plenty of fire trucks and at Sunday’s afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade there were plenty of them representing fire departments from throughout Union County.


Charles Warner | The Union Times The Union County High School Marching Band took part in Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade along with the school’s JROTC Color Guard.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Miss Lockhart 2017-2018 Macey Lawson waves to onlookers during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Among the groups participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon was the Spartanburg Hillbilly Clan #2. The group brought their rather distinctive automobiles to the event along with the rather unusual message that “What happens in the barn stays in the barn.” Lets hope so.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Baptist Church was one of several churches that contributed floats to Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade. Like its fellow churches, Buffalo Baptist’s float with children dressed as angels and quotation from the Book of Luke in The Bible reminded those in attendance of the real reason for the season.


Charles Warner | The Union Times One of the great things about Christmas Parades is that the groups participating in them through candy from their floats to the children lining the street. That was certainly the case at Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade where plenty of candy was tossed out. One who did especially well when it came to candy was Jace Hearn, 2, who managed to get himself a whole basket of candy. Congratulations Jace and Merry Christmas to you and all the children of Union County, may your Christmas be an especially happy one.


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 | The Union Times Santa Claus waves to the families lining Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Sunday’s parade featured floats, cars carrying government officials and pageant winners, cars both antique and unique, the Union County High School Marching Band and JROTC Color Guard, and, of course, Santa who will be making appearances at the other Christmas parades in Union County this December.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2324.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus waves to the families lining Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Sunday’s parade featured floats, cars carrying government officials and pageant winners, cars both antique and unique, the Union County High School Marching Band and JROTC Color Guard, and, of course, Santa who will be making appearances at the other Christmas parades in Union County this December.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Community Center is a big part of the Buffalo Community and so it was more than fitting that it was part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade this past Sunday. Buffalo is the first community to hold its Christmas Parade and, as in past years, delivered an afternoon of family friendly fun for the residents of the community and visitors who came to share in the joy of the parade.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2282.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Community Center is a big part of the Buffalo Community and so it was more than fitting that it was part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade this past Sunday. Buffalo is the first community to hold its Christmas Parade and, as in past years, delivered an afternoon of family friendly fun for the residents of the community and visitors who came to share in the joy of the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Christmas Parade Marshal Nettie Ford waves to onlookers as the car carrying her in her place of honor makes its way down Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2283.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Christmas Parade Marshal Nettie Ford waves to onlookers as the car carrying her in her place of honor makes its way down Main Street in the Buffalo Community Sunday afternoon.

Charles Warner | The Union Times ”Chase,” “Marshal,” and “Skye”from children’s cartoon series “PAW Patrol” took part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The three are first responders on the show so it is more than appropriate that they rode on an emergency vehicle during the parade.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2284.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times ”Chase,” “Marshal,” and “Skye”from children’s cartoon series “PAW Patrol” took part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The three are first responders on the show so it is more than appropriate that they rode on an emergency vehicle during the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The float of Trail Life Troop SC-332 of Buffalo Baptist Church wished those attending Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade a Merry Christmas while also honoring America by displaying Old Glory.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2304.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The float of Trail Life Troop SC-332 of Buffalo Baptist Church wished those attending Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade a Merry Christmas while also honoring America by displaying Old Glory.

Charles Warner | The Union Times A parade just isn’t a parade without plenty of fire trucks and at Sunday’s afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade there were plenty of them representing fire departments from throughout Union County.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2290.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times A parade just isn’t a parade without plenty of fire trucks and at Sunday’s afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade there were plenty of them representing fire departments from throughout Union County.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Union County High School Marching Band took part in Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade along with the school’s JROTC Color Guard.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2301.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Union County High School Marching Band took part in Sunday afternoon’s Buffalo Christmas Parade along with the school’s JROTC Color Guard.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Miss Lockhart 2017-2018 Macey Lawson waves to onlookers during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2299.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Miss Lockhart 2017-2018 Macey Lawson waves to onlookers during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Among the groups participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon was the Spartanburg Hillbilly Clan #2. The group brought their rather distinctive automobiles to the event along with the rather unusual message that “What happens in the barn stays in the barn.” Lets hope so.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2318.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Among the groups participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon was the Spartanburg Hillbilly Clan #2. The group brought their rather distinctive automobiles to the event along with the rather unusual message that “What happens in the barn stays in the barn.” Lets hope so.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Baptist Church was one of several churches that contributed floats to Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade. Like its fellow churches, Buffalo Baptist’s float with children dressed as angels and quotation from the Book of Luke in The Bible reminded those in attendance of the real reason for the season.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2315.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Buffalo Baptist Church was one of several churches that contributed floats to Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade. Like its fellow churches, Buffalo Baptist’s float with children dressed as angels and quotation from the Book of Luke in The Bible reminded those in attendance of the real reason for the season.

Charles Warner | The Union Times One of the great things about Christmas Parades is that the groups participating in them through candy from their floats to the children lining the street. That was certainly the case at Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade where plenty of candy was tossed out. One who did especially well when it came to candy was Jace Hearn, 2, who managed to get himself a whole basket of candy. Congratulations Jace and Merry Christmas to you and all the children of Union County, may your Christmas be an especially happy one.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Child.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times One of the great things about Christmas Parades is that the groups participating in them through candy from their floats to the children lining the street. That was certainly the case at Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade where plenty of candy was tossed out. One who did especially well when it came to candy was Jace Hearn, 2, who managed to get himself a whole basket of candy. Congratulations Jace and Merry Christmas to you and all the children of Union County, may your Christmas be an especially happy one.
Three Christmas Parades this weekend

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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