Wednesday, December 5, 2012

First night-time Christmas parade in decades features 40 units

By Meg Hibbert

NEW CASTLE – The 2012 Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 was a big success, parade watchers and organizers said, with 40 units participating. People and pets turned out to watch floats, marching and horse units in the magic of of the night. It was the first time the parade was held after dark since the 1960s, parade organizers said.

There were elves, horses that came up to willing members of the crowd for nose-petting, Cub Scouts, lots of kids on floats put together by churches and the Craig County employees, 4-H members and even the Grinch locked up in a make-shift jail with Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Erin Dressler keeping a close eye on him. That float was sponsored by the sheriff’s office.

Craig County High School cheerleaders help bring Christmas to New Castle and Craig County near the start of the Dec. 1 parade. Photo by Mark Guthrie

Children from First Baptist Church presented the First Christmas, with angels and shepherds keeping watch over the Baby Jesus. A sign on the back of the float paraphrased Matthew 18: 11, “From the manger to the cross, Jesus came to save the lost.”

Also in the parade, there were even small shepherds leading live sheep.

The parade kicked off, as usual, with a contingent of the VFW carrying a banner, followed by the Craig County High School cheerleaders and their banner.

The guest of honor, of course, was Santa Claus who arrived on a New Castle Volunteer Fire Department truck.

Out-of-town guests included the Blacksburg Community Band and Kazim Klowns from the Kazim Shriners.

Music was provided throughout the parade by the band, which also played during other activities that included kids’ visits to Santa after the parade, on the lawn of the Craig County Courthouse.

The parade started at the Fairgrounds and wound down Main Street, on a warmer-than-usual night for the start of December.

For more photographs, see the printed copy of the Dec. 5 issue of The New Castle Record, and the Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 issues that will be coming. Send us your best pictures to newcastle@ourvalley.org, and please tell us who is in the photo.

 

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