Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Hundreds came out in spite of the cold and drizzly weather to watch the annual holiday parade in Summerville Sunday. Approximately 117 entries in the parade entertained crowds for an hour and a half.
There was snow and snowballs, marshmallows roasting, music from four high school marching bands and a plethora of floats and marchers embracing the spirit of the holidays.
This year’s theme was Sweet Southern Christmas.
The parade is produced by Downtown Restoration Enhancement And Management – DREAM – and cosponsored by the Summerville Fire Department.
MCing this year was Tim Hamilton, retiring DREAM board member. The judges were Alix Kassing, DREAM board of directors, Howard Bridgman, DREAM board of directors, and Susan Morris, former director of DREAM.
Marchers ranged from the Mayor of Summerville and his wife, driven by the Chief of Police of Summerville to the most waited for…Santa atop the fire departments ladder truck.
Winners this year, according to DREAM Executive Director Jan Hursey, are:
Best Overall – The Village at Summerville
Most Original – Rose Court Farm, Horse Dynasty
Most Creative – Dorchester Career & Technology Center
Best Adherence to Theme – Summerville Rotary Clubs
Judges Choice – Stratford Marching Band and Drill Team
(This is not a yearly award – it is given when the judges feel there is an entry that deserves recognition. The judges loved the band’s performance at the reviewing stand.)