Celebrating a Sweet Southern Christmas

  • Friday, December 6, 2013

File/Judy Watts/Journal Sceene The color guard leads last year’s Christmas parade on Main Street in Summerville.

The Sweet Tea Trail will be getting a little bit sweeter this Sunday when more than 100 groups march their version of a “Sweet Southern Christmas” around historic downtown in the Summerville Christmas Parade.

The parade, which is hosted by Summerville DREAM and the Summerville Fire Department, has been a town tradition for more than 30 years and draws crowds in the thousands.

“You can expect the ultimate in small town Christmas parades. We will have marching bands, we will have floats, we will have local officials,” said Jan Hursey, DREAM executive director.

The family-friendly event will kick off at 2 p.m. on W. 4th North Street near the intersection with Palmetto Street. The route continues along the road, turning right on N. Main Street, W. Richardson Avenue and Hickory Street before ending. The event typically lasts for 1.5 hours, Hursey said.

The entries are judged in three categories – best adherence to the theme, most creative, most original and best overall – by three judges chosen from the local community. Mayor Bill Collins will be the grand marshal.

The judges will critique the entries, which include floats, cars and walking groups, from the balcony of Town Hall, where an emcee will also announce each group and provide a description on their interpretation of the theme.

Hursey said while there are several repeat entrants who’ve become popular over the years, the crowd’s favorite is always Santa Claus, who rides on a fire truck as the last float in the parade.

Parking for the parade is available on side streets along the route as well as in the Town Hall parking garage.

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