The North Myrtle Beach Annual Christmas Parade Celebrates the Holiday Season
Main Street in North Myrtle Beach came alive with dazzling floats, marching bands, local personalities, holiday music and of course….Santa. Even Elvis put in an appearance at the annual North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 4th. He wowed the audience with his popular, “Thank-you very much” as he waved from his car. There were also many citizens in colorful golf carts participating in the holiday affair.
Despite the chilly temperatures and light rain, hundreds of people gathered to watch the festive event. Most bystanders were bundled up in hats, scarves and gloves. Some even brought blankets to ward off the cold air. One little boy said he was “drinking hot chocolate to warm up.” His Dad, a West Virginia native, said he loves the parade and comes every year.
The Public Safety Department of North Myrtle Beach opened up the parade, followed by the Grand Marshall, Senator Dick Elliott. Mr. Elliott has owned Elliott Reality for 59 years and is an active community member. He rode in a red convertible, waving to everyone.
The Horry County Electric Company Mascot, Willie Wired Hand, was a big hit with the audience. Willie moved down Main Street dancing to “The Casper Slide” also known as “The Cha Cha Slide.” “The Casper Slide” is an updated version of the “The Electric Slide.” As the music blasted, everyone danced and clapped, while Willie asked “How low can YOU go?”
Various North Myrtle Beach church organizations participated in the holiday affair. They passed out pamphlets with information about their Christmas services, while the Little River Methodist Church even gave some attendees CD’s of Christian music.
The people on the floats and walkers in the parade threw or passed out candy to everyone. Excited children and some excited adults scrambled to retrieve pieces of wrapped treats that landed on the ground. The children were also thrilled to see dogs from the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society, retired greyhounds and horses from the North Myrtle Beach Saddle Club. Most spectators were just anxious for a glimpse of their favorite person, Santa, who ended the festivities with a HO,HO,HO!
The Christmas Parade has been a part of North Myrtle Beach since 1968 and has expanded throughout the years. Since the parade occurs at night, the beauty of the lights added to the joyful occasion. This year the event presented 101units, who were judged on their creativity and holiday spirit. The judges were Lindsey Melbourne-Meteorologist, WBTW News13, Margaret Owens-Director, North Strand Helping Hands and Wanda Bellamy- Retired Director, Little River SC Welcome Center. Best decorated entry was awarded to 1st place: Horry Electric Company, 2nd place: Brogdon Electric,Inc and 3rd place: Arts Alive. Honorable mention went to Lane’s Pest Control. The North Myrtle Beach High School Marching Bad received an Appreciation of Participation Award. Jennifer Prince, Media and Communications Specialist said “The judges had a difficult decision to make with so many wonderful entries”. The parade was organized by The Mayors Advisory Committee and sponsored by The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and The City of North Myrtle Beach. Log onto www.nmbevents.com for future events.