The town of South Boston danced its way into the holiday season with the pulsating lights and sounds of the disco era in its annual Christmas parade on Saturday.
Sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston and Elliott Electric, “A Disco Christmas” featured almost 20 floats, four high school marching bands, numerous decorated fire trucks and emergency vehicles and a number of marching groups, capped off by an appearance by Santa Claus himself.
The parade entrants all stepped up their games when it came to matching a holiday disco theme, with colorful lights and music, according to Christmas Parade Coordinator Sara Davis.
“The entrants really stepped it up and put a lot of hard work and time into their float building this year, and their enthusiasm showed in their work,” said Davis.
“The floats get more elaborate each year and more creative in interpreting the theme, and the floats are always such a crowd pleaser.”
The Worship Center won first place for church floats and also won for most creative use of lights, while the Virginia Squires travel baseball teams won first-place in the non-profit float category.
Strategic Heating and Air won first place among business floats, and Essence of Movement Dance Studio won first place for best themed float.
Buck Wilmouth won the first-place award for best antique car with his 1938 Plymouth business coupe, and Diane Brown won for best-dressed dog with her shih tzu, Bosco.
Second- and third-place winners among church floats were County Line Baptist Church and Black Walnut Baptist Church.
Second- and third-place winners among business floats were Essence of Movement Dance Studio and Piedmont Credit Union.
Second- and third-place winners among non-profit floats were Cluster Springs Cub Scouts Den #402 and Halifax County High School FFA.
The celebration of Christmas continued at Constitution Square following the parade with a long line of children forming for a chance to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas.
Praise and worship teams from South Boston Church of God and The Worship Center rendered musical selections, and Kasey Moore recited the Nativity Story.