UNION — The weather cooperated to create a beautiful day that brought out a large number of spectators and participants for the Union Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
The Union Christmas Parade was the fifth and final local Christmas parade for 2015 and Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Torance Inman said it was a success.
“It was a beautiful day for the Christmas parade,” Inman said. “We had a great turnout, both participants and spectators. To quote Roger Bailey, ‘It was the smoothest year we’ve had in a long time.’ The line up went extremely smoothly, there were no bottle necks, and everything worked perfectly.”
The 2015 Union Christmas Parade line-up included the Parade Marshall — Union County Veterans representing World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War.
There were also Professional Floats including the Mayor and Town Council of Carlisle, Mayor and Town Council of Jonesville, Mayor and City Council of Union, Union County Sheriff’s Office, Union County Auditor’s Office, and Union County Tourism Commission.
Churches participating in the parade included Augsburg Lutheran Church, The House of Reconciliation, Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, Buffalo United Methodist Church, Bethany Baptist Church, and Community Missionary Church.
Businesses participating in the parade included Union Skate Center, Medi Home Hospice/Tri County Home Health, Cook Lawn Care, Twist & Shout, Unique Step Dance, WRAP Enterprises, Union Medical Center, Ivey’s Equipment, WBCU, Affordable Title Loans, Dollar General Distribution Center, Liberty Tax Service, El Poblano, Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, Union County Dragway, Fresh Seafood on Main, Elaine’s Dance Co., Little Angels, Hospice Care of SC, and Car Connection.
Non-Profits participating in the parade included Boy Scout Troop 42, Hejaz Warriors, Girl Scout Trop 1661, Union County Dixie Youth, Donald Betsill, Cedar Hill March of Dimes, The Potter’s House, Show N Shine, Skin & Body Care, Trail Life Troop SC-0332-Buffalo BC, US Forest Service, USC-Union, Union County EMS, Santuc Fire Department, Lockhart Fire Department, and 4 H Group.
The General/Other category of parade participants included Charles Whitaker, Miss Twist & Shout, Miss UCHS 10th Grade, Princess Little Miss Tiny Tot UC, Little Miss UC Little Miss York County, Miss Lockhart Grand Supreme (4 years), Miss LMS 2015-16, Miss Sims, Miss Union County Fair, Miss UC Fair — Overall, Sims Middle School Cheerleaders, Clown, UCHS Homecoming Queen, Young Miss Union County, Teen Miss Union County, Miss USC-Union, Miss SC USA 2016, Tiny Miss Lockhart Beauty Princess, Preteen Miss Union County Fair, Glass Slipper Pageant, Miss Miracle League Queen & Court, Mr. Jonesville 2015-16, and Miss UCHS.
The Whitmire High School and Union County High School bands also participated in the parade.
Inman said the parade’s success was due to the hard work of those who worked to help organize it so that even with so many particpants it went smoothly.
“My hat is off to everyone who worked to get the parade ready,” Inman said. “A special thanks to the Southside Fire Department and the Union Public Safety Department for a great job.”
Sunday’s parade also featured a Best Float Contest which included awards in the categories of entries by churches, non-profits, businesses, and others.
Buffalo United Methodist Church was the winner in the Church Category of the Best Float Contest while Augsburg Lutheran Church was the runner-up.
The 4-H Group was the winner of the Non-Profit Category of the Best Float Contest while the Union County Dixie Youth was first runner-up.
Unique Step Dance was the winner of the Business Category of the Best Float Contest while Car Connection was the runner-up.
Union Medical Center was the winner of the Other Entries Category of the Best Float Contest.
Miss Union County Fair Overall 2015 Kylie Gregory waves to the spectators lining Main Street during the Union Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.