Cheers of joy and holiday camaraderie filled the streets of North Augusta during the city’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday.
Hosted by the North Augusta Lions Club, A Disney Christmas parade started at Martintown Road and travelled through downtown along Georgia Avenue.
The hour and a half long parade celebrated 40 years of holiday cheer after taking a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants were happy to be back in the community, sharing candy and sweet treats with the bystanders and celebrating the holiday with loved ones.
“Taking part in the North Augusta Parade is an awesome experience,” Brian Vining with Pack 7 Cub Scouts said. “Just being out here, being able to come, being able to make people smile, throw out some candy, watching the kids out that are watching just enjoy it, it's a part of the community.”
Businesses and locals from around the CSRA all participated in the event, coming out to serve their community, including students and staff from the local middle and high schools.
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Pat Guido, a new North Augusta resident, was excited to show off his bright yellow SpongeBob themed 1961 Volkswagen car in the parade.
“This was my oldest grandson’s idea when he was in Okinawa, and this was a rescue and they were always watching SpongeBob on TV and I’d say who’s this guy Spongebob? This was about 10 years ago,” Guido said. “And does this guy have a job? And he said ‘Pat he works at the Krabby Patty.’ So I learned all about SpongeBob, so I had it painted yellow.”
Brandi Harmon with Carolina Septic, another participant in the Christmas parade, was glad to see the community come together.
“It's very exciting,” she said. “All the kids love to come out and that’s really why we do it, for all of the kids, the excitement of getting them out and the joy of giving.”
In the commercial category, Hall Family Dentistry took home the first place prize. Carolina Septic and Aiken Regional Medical Center followed up with second and third. Cub Scout Pack 7 took home the first place prize in the non-commercial category, followed in second and third by North Augusta Art Honor Society and North Augusta Family Y.
All of the winners will receive their awards at the Lions Parade Awards Dinner on Dec. 8.
The North Augusta Lions Club works within the community to support local education and youth initiatives. To learn more about the organization, visit their Facebook page.