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Annual kick off to the holiday season

The Annual City of Walterboro’s Christmas Tree Lighting and Parade were both well-attended Sunday evening.

At 5 p.m., a crowd gathered at City Hall to watch the tree, decorated by Raiford Jarrell and Bill Crosby     of Petal Palace Florist at 897 Bells Highway, being officially lit by Mayor Young and members of City Council. The ceremony included an invocation by County Council member Phillip Taylor, about four songs performed by the Forest Hills Elementary School Choir, and the hanging of Remembrance Ornaments.

After the lighting had concluded, the crows dispersed and reassembled along Hampton and East Washington Street to watch the parade, which included many floats, and some of the people on the floats threw candy to children lining the streets, Fire Trucks, the Band of Blue, the Colleton County Middle School Band, and a final float at the parade’s end that carried Santa Claus, who waved to the crowd as he passed by.

At one point, the parade came to a halt when a particularly tall float hung up on garland that has been strung across East Washington Street at South Jefferies Boulevard. Human ingenuity came to the rescue, however, when a man in the truck pulling the float got out, grabbed a long pole, and climbed up to one of the float’s highest points. He then, using the pole, lifted the garland high enough so that the float could safely pass under it.