The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

November 23, 2012

Christmas parades begin Saturday

Staff Writer

TARBORO — This Christmas season, Edgecombe County folks have their pick of three Christmas parades to get them in the spirit.

The Town of Conetoe will hold the first of those parades on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. This year marks the town’s second annual Christmas parade.

Next on tap is Pinetops’ 37th annual Christmas parade, which will get under way at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade starts on 9th Street and ends on Burnett Street.

“It’s just something everybody looks forward to every year,” said Shirley Bass, assistant clerk for the Town of Pinetops and a member of the parade committee. “We’re hoping for good weather.”

Paradegoers can look forward to hearing Christmas carols played by the marching bands from SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Southeast Halifax High School as well as seeing the Sudan Shriners prowler cars, monster trucks and horse patrol. Bringing up the rear will be Santa Claus himself. An estimated 2,000 people attend the parade annually, Bass said.

Last, but certainly not least, the Town of Tarboro will have its annual Christmas parade starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9. The parade, which travels north on Main Street will be held rain or shine.

“With the economy the way it is and the prices of everything going up, something that’s free to the public and brings everybody together to celebrate something, it helps everyone,” said Sheila Anderson, agent/owner of Anderson Agency and a band sponsor for the parade.

“It’s a time for the community to come together and have a good time,” said Kenny Honeycutt, owner of Piggly Wiggly. “I think the kid in all of us enjoys a parade.”

Everybody has a favorite in the parade, from the marching bands, church nativity scene and Shriners motorcycles to Santa Claus, the culmination of the fanfare, said Honeycutt.

In keeping with tradition, Piggly Wiggly will sponsor the Santa Claus float once again this year.

“We put Mr. Pig on the float with Santa Claus. He’ll be doing a ride-along,” Honeycutt said with a chuckle.

Charles Ainsley, owner of Ainsley Construction, also a band sponsor, said he looks forward to this year’s parade.

“Christmas is a great time for kids and family,” he said.

Other sponsors of the Tarboro Christmas Parade are Doug Henry Chevrolet, band sponsor, Doug Henry Ford, Tarboro High School Vikings football team sponsor, Ronnie Ellis, band sponsor, Keihin Carolina Systems Technologies, band sponsor, SIMS Metal Management, band sponsor, and Suddenlink, band sponsor.

For more information on the parade or how to be a sponsor, call 823-7241.