The whole family is invited to come to downtown South Boston on Saturday and celebrate “Christmas in Candy Land” during the Christmas parade starting at 5 p.m.
Sponsored by Downtown South Boston, Inc. and Elliott Electric, Inc., the parade has a record breaking 25 floats, four high school marching bands, marching groups, fire trucks, antique cars, dogs, equestrian entries, and of course, the jolly old elf himself, Santa.
Marching bands signed up to participate include 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.
Other entries so far include grand marshal parade banner carriers Olaf & Sven; Sons of the American Legion Honor Guard; South Boston Mayor Edward Owens; South Boston Vice Mayor Tina Wyatt-Younger; South Boston Police Chief Jim Binner and Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark; the cast of Disney’s Frozen Jr. Anna, Elsa, Kristoph, Han and Wesselton; PATHS float; Virginia Skyline Girl Scouts float; Punishers baseball float; Halifax County Middle School - VDOT snow plow; Virginia International Raceway car; Ira Nelson antique car; Clover Church of God of Prophecy float; Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital float, jeep, golf cart, walking group and bus; Lake Country Shrine Club antique car; Dan River High School Visual Arts - two VDOT snow plows; Rogers Heating & Cooling van; Halifax County Middle School FCCLA float; SVHEC Career Tech Academy float; Jeter Chapel Baptist Church float; Diane Brown with Shih Tzu Bosco; R.O. Harrell, Inc. truck; Davenport Energy truck; Commonwealth Senior Living activity bus; Seven Oaks Baptist Church float; Ray’s Key & Lock antique car; Francis Oil & Propane truck; We’ve Got Rhythm Dance Academy walking group; Spartans Baseball float; Cub Scout Pack 496 float; Abiding Branch Christian Ministry float; Carter Bank & Trust walking group; The Worship Center float; Fred Johnson antique car; Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative truck; VA Squires Baseball float; Halifax County Middle School FFA float; Halifax County Cancer Association float; First Cross Roads Baptist Church truck; Head Over Heels Tumble & Cheer float; Terry Auto Group of South Boston; Warriors Youth Football Team float; South Boston True Value utility vehicles; County Line Baptist Church float; Lawrence Nunn antique car; Halifax Outlaws Youth Football float; Southside Outreach Group, Inc. truck; Cub Scout Pack 402 float; Halifax County JV football team float; Rice Tractor float; Halifax County High School Future Farmers of America - two VDOT snow plows; Halifax County High School JROTC; and equestrian entries Wanda Temple riding Reno; Mike Bowes riding The Dance and Emily Smith riding Romeo.
Sponsors include title sponsor Elliott Electric, Inc.; gold bells sponsor Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital; silver bells sponsors Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Dominion Energy - Clover Power Station, Benchmark Community Bank and ValleyStar Credit Union; jingle bells sponsors, Huber Engineered Woods, Fry Jordan & Wilson Insurance, South Boston True Value and Bo’s Hydraulics; Santa float sponsor - South Boston/Halifax County Retail Merchants Association; communications partner - professional communications; and media partner - 95.3 WHLF-FM.
Handicap parking 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), and watchers need to go south of Easley Street to see the parade, organizers said.