Buffalo Christmas Parade a success

By: By Charles Warner - [email protected]
Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus and a very special helper were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade held this past Sunday. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
Charles Warner | The Union Times An EMS ambulance and fire trucks from fire departments from throughout Union County were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
Charles Warner | The Union Times A number of churches participated in Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade including Buffalo United Methodist Church which reminded those attending the parade of the origin, true meaning, and yes, heart of Christmas with this float and the message it carried. Sunday’s parade was followed by a Community Worship Service sponsored by Buffalo Baptist Church, Full Gospel Tabernacle of God, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Luke Baptist Church, and Buffalo United Methodist. Hundreds attended the service, so many in fact that it was standing room only.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Among those participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon were the members of Hillbilly Clan #2 from Spartanburg. The group enjoys taking part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade because of the friendliness of the people of the people of the community.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Senior Citizens entered had a float in the Buffalo Christmas Parade, one of the many area groups, churches, businesses, emergency response organizations, and public officials to take part in the event. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
Charles Warner | The Union Times This dragster from the Union County Dragway was one of the many vehicles to cruise down Main Street in Buffalo Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
Charles Warner | The Union Times Horses are always a popular part of a Christmas parade and that’s just what they were during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The horses and one donkey and their riders made their way down Main Street, following Santa Claus to help conclude the parade.
Charles Warner | The Union Times The first Christmas was a day of birth, a very special birth, and that’s what this float by Glory Baptist Church reminds those attending the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. A number of churches participated in the parade with floats bearing messages like this one that reminded those present of the real reason for the season.

BUFFALO — Fire trucks and other emergency response vehicles, hillbilly trucks, floats by area churches with messages about the true meaning of Christmas, candy tossed out to children lining Main Street, horses, and, of course, Santa Claus, helped make the Buffalo Christmas Parade a success.

“I think it went excellent,” Melinda Wages, Chairman of the Buffalo Community Center which sponsors the parade, said. “We were disappointed we didn’t have a marching band, but otherwise it went off smoothly.”

Wages said that participants in Sunday’s parade included the fire departments of Union County, the Union County EMS, Union County Fire and Rescue, and a number of public officials.

Also participating was the Hillbilly Clan #2 who rode their old hillbilly-style trucks. Wages said the group takes part in the community’s Christmas parade because of the reception they receive from the residents.

“We had the Hillbilly Clan out of Spartanburg here,” Wages said. “They love coming to Buffalo because the people are so friendly.”

Also participating in the parade were the Union County High School JROTC Color Guard and the Union County High School Cheerleaders along with “Buzz,” the mascot for the Yellow Jackets.

No Christmas parade is complete, of course without Santa Claus, and the jolly old elf didn’t let the community down, playing his part to make Sunday’s parade a success.

Another popular part of the parade are horses and they were part of Sunday’s parade, making their way along Main Street behind Santa, occassionally pausing to let some of the children lining the streets pet them.

The churches of the Buffalo Community also played a large part in this year’s parade with floats emphasizing the true reason for the season, an emphasis that continued after the parade during the Community Worship Service.

Wages said there were more churches taking part in the parade this year and that the worship service that followed the parade — sponsored by Buffalo United Methodist Church, Buffalo Baptist Church, Full Gospel Tabernacle of God, New Hope Baptist Church, and St. Luke Baptist Church — drew a large turnout. She said that so many people attended that there were not enough chairs and so people stood throughout the service.

All together, Wages said this made for a very successful Christmas celebration in the community.

“We want to thank everybody that participated,” Wages said, adding that Sunday’s event concluded with a candle lighting service and the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus and a very special helper were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade held this past Sunday. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Santa.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Santa Claus and a very special helper were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade held this past Sunday. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times An EMS ambulance and fire trucks from fire departments from throughout Union County were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Vehicles.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times An EMS ambulance and fire trucks from fire departments from throughout Union County were part of the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times A number of churches participated in Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade including Buffalo United Methodist Church which reminded those attending the parade of the origin, true meaning, and yes, heart of Christmas with this float and the message it carried. Sunday’s parade was followed by a Community Worship Service sponsored by Buffalo Baptist Church, Full Gospel Tabernacle of God, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Luke Baptist Church, and Buffalo United Methodist. Hundreds attended the service, so many in fact that it was standing room only.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-BUMC.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times A number of churches participated in Sunday’s Buffalo Christmas Parade including Buffalo United Methodist Church which reminded those attending the parade of the origin, true meaning, and yes, heart of Christmas with this float and the message it carried. Sunday’s parade was followed by a Community Worship Service sponsored by Buffalo Baptist Church, Full Gospel Tabernacle of God, New Hope Baptist Church, St. Luke Baptist Church, and Buffalo United Methodist. Hundreds attended the service, so many in fact that it was standing room only.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Among those participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon were the members of Hillbilly Clan #2 from Spartanburg. The group enjoys taking part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade because of the friendliness of the people of the people of the community.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Hillbilly.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Among those participating in the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon were the members of Hillbilly Clan #2 from Spartanburg. The group enjoys taking part in the Buffalo Christmas Parade because of the friendliness of the people of the people of the community.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Senior Citizens entered had a float in the Buffalo Christmas Parade, one of the many area groups, churches, businesses, emergency response organizations, and public officials to take part in the event. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Senior.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The Buffalo Senior Citizens entered had a float in the Buffalo Christmas Parade, one of the many area groups, churches, businesses, emergency response organizations, and public officials to take part in the event. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This dragster from the Union County Dragway was one of the many vehicles to cruise down Main Street in Buffalo Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Dragway.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This dragster from the Union County Dragway was one of the many vehicles to cruise down Main Street in Buffalo Sunday afternoon during the Buffalo Christmas Parade. Residents of and visitors to the Buffalo Community lined Main Street to see the many floats, vehicles, and marchers that took part in the parade including, of course, Santa Claus. They also were there to collect the candy tossed out by many of those on board the floats and vehicles taking part in the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Horses are always a popular part of a Christmas parade and that’s just what they were during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The horses and one donkey and their riders made their way down Main Street, following Santa Claus to help conclude the parade.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Horses.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Horses are always a popular part of a Christmas parade and that’s just what they were during the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. The horses and one donkey and their riders made their way down Main Street, following Santa Claus to help conclude the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Times The first Christmas was a day of birth, a very special birth, and that’s what this float by Glory Baptist Church reminds those attending the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. A number of churches participated in the parade with floats bearing messages like this one that reminded those present of the real reason for the season.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Buffalo-Birthday.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The first Christmas was a day of birth, a very special birth, and that’s what this float by Glory Baptist Church reminds those attending the Buffalo Christmas Parade Sunday afternoon. A number of churches participated in the parade with floats bearing messages like this one that reminded those present of the real reason for the season.
Standing room only at Community Worship Service

By Charles Warner

[email protected]

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

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