Dec. 29 is the new date for Florence Christmas Parade

December 15, 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 postponed and rescheduled. Again.

The parade now will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Parade Vice Chairwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore confirmed Friday afternoon that the parade will not be held today because of wet weather in the forececast.

This is the second time the parade has been moved this year. The parade originally was scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, but because of the threat of rain last weekend, it was moved to 11 a.m. today.

“Due to weather conditions, the police department has recommended that we do a holiday parade after Christmas but before New Year’s,” Gibson-Hye Moore said Friday in an email. “Many of the officers have taken vacations, and many of the crossing guards are also unavailable. With the available officers, they want to do more patrol in shopping areas and neighborhoods.

“On that note, we are following their suggestion and will do a holiday parade on Saturday, December 29th at 11 a.m. The same route will be followed.”

Parade applications are still being accepted.

The parade will begin at the corner of Edisto and West Evans streets. It will go toward downtown and will 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. Anything more than four units will have a flat fee of $100. Checks should be made payable to the Florence Christmas Parade committee.

For more information on how to participate, contact Gibson-Hye Moore at 843-472-9420 or pghpromise@yahoo.com or Linda Becote at 843-621-0001.

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