South Boston Christmas Parade organizers have postponed the annual yuletide event until 5 p.m. Sunday since forecasts call for rain to be falling Saturday afternoon and evening when the parade originally was scheduled to take place.
It’s still gonna be "A Charlie Brown Christmas!" in Downtown South Boston but now plans call for it to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday when the South Boston Christmas parade comes to town, and everyone is invited to attend.
ORIGINAL STORY: It’s gonna be “A Charlie Brown Christmas!” in Downtown South Boston beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday when the South Boston Christmas parade comes to town, and everyone is invited to attend.
“Bring the whole family to Downtown South Boston on Saturday and celebrate ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas!’ sponsored by Destination Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc.,” said Destination Downtown South Boston Executive Director Tamyra Vest.
Rain date for the parade is 5 p.m. Sunday, and with wet weather in the forecast, a rain date decision will be made Friday, Vest said.
Featured entries this year include four high school marching bands, 23 floats, marching groups, fire trucks, antique cars, dogs, equestrian entries and the main attraction: Santa Claus
Sponsors include Title Sponsor - Elliott Electric, Inc.; Gold Bells Sponsors - Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and EMPOWER Broadband; Silver Bells Sponsors - Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Energy - Clover Power Station, Benchmark Community Bank, ValleyStar Credit Union; Jingle Bells Sponsors - Huber Engineered Woods, Fry Jordan and Wilson, Sunshine Mills Inc., ComfortSystems USA Mid Atlantic and Bo’s Hydraulics; Santa Float Sponsor - South Boston - Halifax Virginia Retail Merchants Association; Communications Partner - Professional Communications; and Media Partner - 95.3 WHLF-FM.
Bands participating in this year’s yuletide event include the Dan River High School Marching Wildcats, Bluestone High School Marching Barons, J. F. Webb High School Marching Warrior Band and host Halifax County High School Blue Comet Marching Band.
Entries include the parade banner carriers Alexis Chandler, Izabel Chandler and Colbey Chandler; Sons of the American Legion Squad 8 Color Guard, the honorable Mayor Edward Owens, Vice-Mayor Tina Wyatt-Younger, South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner and Halifax County Sheriff Fred S. Clark, Elliott Electric, GoDocs, Bears Cheerleading, Jeter Chapel Baptist Church, Ray Conner Jr., Tom West, Cub Scout Pack 402, Tots and Company Childcare, SVHEC Career Tech Academy, Connie Humphries with Yorkie/West Highland Terrier Ruby, Diane Brown with Schi-Tzu Bosco, Davenport Energy, Commonwealth Senior Living, Chase City Health and Rehab Center, Head Over Heels Tumble and Cheer, Scottsburg Baptist Church, Lawrence Nunn, Terry Auto Group, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Tom Plitt, Fred L. Johnson Sr., Mecklenburg County AFJROTC, Virginia Squires 9U Travel Baseball, South Boston True Value, Lending Hands for Our Community, Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital, Cobras Cheerleading, Floyd Scearce with Spunky the Monkey, Ray Waller, Southside Outreach Group, Cub Scout Pack 440, Girl Scout Troop 817, The Prizery with The Odd Couple Ryland Clark and Devin Hall, VIR, Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and EMPOWER Broadband, Charlie Yule, Henry Medley, Carl Davis, Lake Country Shrine Club, Rice Tractor, Halifax County Middle School FFA, The Grinch and Company Chip Ragans, Francis Oil and Propane, Victorious Ambition, South Boston Elementary School, County Line Baptist Church, VDOT, Cub Scout Pack 496, Crossroads of South Boston, Squires 9U Travel Baseball, Squires 8U Travel Baseball, Ricki Nichols, We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy, Halifax County High School Culinary Arts and FCCLA, HCHS FFA, Boy Scouts of America Group 332 of Halifax United Methodist Church, Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts, Virginia Halifax County High School JROTC, YOVASO, The Worship Center, The Halifax Outlaws, Mike Bowes riding The Dance, Wanda Temple riding Sassy Girl, Skeet riding Goldie, Scooter riding Sunshine and Terrence riding Buddy Roe.
Handicap parking for the parade will be available at the parking spaces on Wilborn Avenue at the Fire Support Building located at 801 Wilborn Ave.
For lineup information, go to www.downtownsobo.com. Entries are to turn onto Chalmers Street by Enterprise Rent-A-Car to check-in.
Parade visitors are reminded that parade entrants are on both Chalmers Street (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and Easley Street (KFC). Watchers need to go south of Easley Street to watch the parade.
Before the parade on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1019 Wilborn Ave. (next to Hardees), gingerbread house building, cupcake decorating, ornament making and a visit with Santa will take place at a cost of $10 per child with proceeds benefiting Virginia Squires Baseball, according to Vest.
After the parade, Christmas in the Square will be sponsored by The Worship Center in Constitution Square.
Parade goers are invited to bring their blankets or chairs to watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with free hot chocolate, hot dogs, popcorn, a movie and a visit from Santa taking place.