NEWBERRY COUNTY — It’s the most wonderful time of the year and an even more wonderful time to get out and enjoy the many Christmas parades that will be taking place throughout the county.
Newberry will be first out of the gate, with theirs scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 3. Rep. Walt McLeod will serve as the grand marshal as he ends his final term as a state representative.
This year, there are 75 entries for the parade including the Newberry Broncos recreational team along with recreational department cheerleaders. The Newberry High School band and cheerleaders also will help ring in the holidays.
“This year, we’ll have DC Danceworks, Oakland Mill Luxury Apartments, First Baptist Church and the City of Newberry Fire Department will be bringing in Santa,” said Haley Stuhr of the Newberry Jaycees.
“The Christmas parade has been going on for about 20 years, and everyone that is involved are all volunteers. We don’t get paid to do this,” said Heather Behringer Danley of the Newberry Jaycees. “We’re a nonprofit organization, so all the money that is made goes back to the community. The money also helps to fund various projects throughout the year.”
Money also will go toward a new holiday project called Shop with a Cop in partnership with the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office. Children in need will go on a shopping spree in Walmart with law enforcement officers.
The Town of Prosperity’s Christmas Parade will be begin at 3 p.m. Dec. 4. The streets will close beginning at 2 p.m. parade day. Currently, there are 106 entries.
Anyone wanting to participate can apply online, drop off an application at Town Hall (305 N. Main St.), put the application in the night box at the back of Town Hall or fill the application out at Town Hall and turn it in.
The deadline is Dec. 1.
“We like to think this is the biggest parade in Newberry County,” said Town Administrator Karen Livingston. “We do have a lot of people who like to come to watch the parade and we have many entries this year. Rain or shine, this parade will be held.”
The family of CJ Edwards, the Prosperity native who pitches for the Chicago Cubs, will be the grand marshals. The Prosperity Rescue Squad, Griffin School of Dance, Lovelace Family Medicine and the Newberry County Sheriff’s Department are among those who have signed up to participate.
The Town of Prosperity also will hold their Shoppers Walk on Dec. 3 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Businesses downtown will be open, giving the public opportunities to shop. Children can get a free picture with Santa using their coupon from Spooktacular.
Call Prosperity Town Hall at 803-364-2622 for more information on Shoppers Walk.
The Town of Whitmire’s Christmas parade will be held Dec. 10, with lineup at noon and the parade beginning at 1 p.m. Participants include the Whitmire Community School band, Mayor Billy Hollingsworth, Rusty Spoon, Whitten Center and members of Whitmire Town Council.
“We do ask that anyone who comes to bring a toy to donate to our cheer fund. This year we’ll be helping out 46 kids in the area. We are also the only parade that throws candy during the parade,” said Amy Silvers, Whitmire Jaycees Web Administrator.
Reach Kelly Duncan at 803-768-3123 ext. 1868, or on Twitter @TheNBOnews.