A float from Price Boys toys carries a mechanical waving Santa as it rides down Main Street on Saturday during the Town of Ninety Six's annual Christmas Parade.
(Photos by Matt Bruce | Index-Journal)
Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Ninety Six and helped the town get the holiday season underway Saturday morning.
The monthlong period of festivities kick off as nearly four dozen floats filtered down Main Street for the annual Ninety Six Christmas Parade.
Event organizers estimated as many as 400 people were on hand for the processional that wrapped around Saluda Street and down State Street before coming to an end.
"It was crowded all the way," said Stacey Juergens, director of the Ninety Six Chamber of Commerce, which planned this weekend's parade. "I thought we had a great turnout for as cold as it was this year. Last year, it was so hot, and we were out here trying to do it and we didn't even have much participation. But with the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend, I thought it was a good turnout."
Chappells resident Mary Smith was on-hand with several friends, and said she liked the two motorcycle clubs that rambled through the square. Smith, who was born on Christmas Day, noted the yearly celebrations awaken her yuletide cheer.
"We loved it," she said. "When you come to the Christmas parade, it puts you in the spirit. And I'm a Christmas baby, so I love Christmas with all the parades and everything."
Ninety Six native Alan Burbol stood watching with a group that included his 4-year-old daughter Rebecca. He said his favorite part was watching the children get to participate in the Main Street march.
"Seeing the other people get excited about stuff is what gets me," Burbol said. "You've got your Cub Scouts, and your junior drill team. Between them and the boy scouts, with all the little kids in uniform, it's definitely a good time."
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