Parade draws young, old


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@civitasmedia.com



The city of Pickens was decked out in its holiday finest as residents turned out Friday night for the annual Christmas parade.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Main Street was packed from one end to the other with people gathering to catch a glimpse of the holiday lights, antique cars, singers, dancers and the various floats representing various community clubs, businesses and sports teams.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Kids darted in and out of the crowds to snatch up handfuls of candy tossed from the parade marchers and vendors pushing carts brimming with glow-sticks, balloons and noise makers made their way up and down the parade route.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Sweet Potato Pie Kids played music as they made their way down Main Street.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Players from area spots teams hopped in the beds of pick-up trucks tossing out candy and waving to the people who cheered from the street.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Classic and antique cars are a staple in any parade.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dancers of every age skipped up and down the street in beat with popular Christmas music.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Motorcycles revved up and down the route decked out in Christmas lights with riders sporting Santa hats.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Pickens High School Marching band traded their usual plumed headgear for Santa hats and many of the musicians tricked out their instruments with lights and tinsel.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

This Sousaphone player wrapped her bell in garland for the parade.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

PICKENS — The city of Pickens was decked out in its holiday finest as residents turned out Friday night for the annual Christmas parade.

Main Street was packed from one end to the other with people gathering to catch a glimpse of the holiday lights, antique cars, singers, dancers and the various floats representing various community clubs, businesses and sports teams.

The Pickens High School Marching band traded their usual plumed headgear for Santa hats and many of the musicians tricked out their instruments with lights and tinsel.

Kids darted in and out of the crowds to snatch up handfuls of candy tossed from the parade marchers and vendors pushing carts brimming with glow-sticks, balloons and noise makers made their way up and down the parade route.

The Grandstand, to the right of the courthouse, was the main viewing place as participants put their talents on display for the panel of judges who sat taking notes behind a wall of trophies to be handed out to the winners.

“Our kids are long since grown and we still come out for this every year,” said Ruth Baysberry. “It just doesn’t feel like the holidays until you’ve been to the parade.

“I like that they hold it at night,” Baysberry continued. “With all the lights on the floats, it’s just prettier. And this weather? Can you believe it? I can’t get over the fact that it’s so warm in the middle of December. This makes up for the tree lighting.”

The annual Christmas tree lighting for the city of Pickens had been postponed earlier this month because of heavy rain.

“Look at me, I’m not even wearing a jacket! I guess this means a ‘White Christmas’ is out of the question,” said Baysberry. “But that’s OK, I’ll drink my hot chocolate anyway.”

The city of Pickens was decked out in its holiday finest as residents turned out Friday night for the annual Christmas parade.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_079.jpgThe city of Pickens was decked out in its holiday finest as residents turned out Friday night for the annual Christmas parade. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Main Street was packed from one end to the other with people gathering to catch a glimpse of the holiday lights, antique cars, singers, dancers and the various floats representing various community clubs, businesses and sports teams.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_119.jpgMain Street was packed from one end to the other with people gathering to catch a glimpse of the holiday lights, antique cars, singers, dancers and the various floats representing various community clubs, businesses and sports teams. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Kids darted in and out of the crowds to snatch up handfuls of candy tossed from the parade marchers and vendors pushing carts brimming with glow-sticks, balloons and noise makers made their way up and down the parade route.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_134.jpgKids darted in and out of the crowds to snatch up handfuls of candy tossed from the parade marchers and vendors pushing carts brimming with glow-sticks, balloons and noise makers made their way up and down the parade route. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Sweet Potato Pie Kids played music as they made their way down Main Street.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_169.jpgThe Sweet Potato Pie Kids played music as they made their way down Main Street. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Players from area spots teams hopped in the beds of pick-up trucks tossing out candy and waving to the people who cheered from the street.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_187.jpgPlayers from area spots teams hopped in the beds of pick-up trucks tossing out candy and waving to the people who cheered from the street. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Classic and antique cars are a staple in any parade.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_192.jpgClassic and antique cars are a staple in any parade. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dancers of every age skipped up and down the street in beat with popular Christmas music.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_216.jpgDancers of every age skipped up and down the street in beat with popular Christmas music. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Motorcycles revved up and down the route decked out in Christmas lights with riders sporting Santa hats.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_222.jpgMotorcycles revved up and down the route decked out in Christmas lights with riders sporting Santa hats. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Pickens High School Marching band traded their usual plumed headgear for Santa hats and many of the musicians tricked out their instruments with lights and tinsel.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_238.jpgThe Pickens High School Marching band traded their usual plumed headgear for Santa hats and many of the musicians tricked out their instruments with lights and tinsel. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

This Sousaphone player wrapped her bell in garland for the parade.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_247.jpgThis Sousaphone player wrapped her bell in garland for the parade. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@civitasmedia.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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