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Florence Christmas parade postponed a week because of weather

December 6, 2018

Santa Claus waves to people on the parade route during the 2017 Florence Christmas Parade down Evans Street.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Florence Christmas Parade has been moved back one week because of rain and cold weather in Saturday’s forecast.

Parade vice chairwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore said the parade will be moved to Saturday, Dec. 15. According to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service, there is a 70 percent chance of rain this Saturday.

The theme for this year’s parade is a Christmas Prayer of Love, which is appropriate for Gibson-Hye Moore and Parade Chairwoman Linda Becote.

Gibson-Hye Moore said that Becote was the reason the parade continued after the Jaycees decided to stop organizing it. In the process, the two cousins who hadn’t really spent time together became like sisters and formed a group to organize the parade. Now, they are in the process of hosting their 13th or 14th parade together.

The 2018 Florence Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the corner of Edisto and West Evans streets. The parade will go toward downtown and end at the corner of N.B. Baroody and East Evans streets.

Several different categories of awards and trophies are available to participants. There is a $50 fee to participate in the parade per unit, with anything more than four units having a flat fee of $100. Checks should be made payable to the Florence Christmas Parade committee.

There is still time to register to participate. For more information, contact Gibson-Hye Moore at 843-472-9420 or pghpromise@yahoo.com or Becote at 843-621-0001.

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