Annual Christmas Parade was wet and soggy but still a hit
….WITH SLIDE SHOW
The annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 11, was
wet and soggy and foggy and cold.
However, people still lined the parade route, and their spirits were
high. Most stayed in their vehicles until the parade was in
and then gamely got out and watched in their rain slickers, some with
umbrellas and fishing boots. Youngsters waded in puddles to
retrieve candy and treats thrown from the floats.
And almost all of the floats and other parade participants gamely
showed up to march in the steady light rain that was falling in
temperatures in the upper 40s.
At least there was no wind this year.
This year’s parade had about a dozen or so floats, along with other
marchers on foot and on horseback and in golf carts, boats, and trucks.
The major casualties were the three scheduled marching bands – from
Cape Hatteras, Manteo, and First Flight high schools. They
dropped out to avoid water damage to their musical instruments.
This year’s parade was led by newly elected Dare County Sheriff Doug
Doughtie. There were floats from several area businesses and
organizations, including Girl Scout troops, the Graveyard of the
Atlantic Museum, the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club, Kitty Hawk Kites,
Creative Ballance salon, Hands of Love, and Sun Realty.
Many of those who were costumed and riding on the floats were protected
from the wet day by large beach umbrellas. And, as might be
expected, many of the floats had beach and marine themes.
All of the island volunteer fire departments were represented in their
trucks that were decked out for the occasion with ribbons, bows, and
wreaths. As always, Santa brought up the rear of the parade
the Hatteras Village Volunteer Fire Department truck.
The Cape Hatteras Elementary School Activity Bus was the “Magical
School Bus” for the afternoon and was filled with cheering students.
The Cape Hatteras Electric Company sent two bucket trucks, also
decorated for the season. The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
brought trucks and a boat. And the U.S. Coast Guard pulled
Sirens and lots of honking from the various trucks kept the parade
lively – even without the bands.
Islanders also rode their horses, which were dressed up with bows and
ribbons, and others rode in various vehicles from golf carts to bikes.
Alex Hodges, nurse practitioner with Hatteras Island Family Medicine,
drove a fancy little vehicle and wished the crowd a “shot” of good
cheer – and free flu shots.
After the parade, which is sponsored by the Hatteras Village Civic
Association, a crowd gathered at the Civic Center for cookies, hot
cocoa, and the awarding of prizes.
Three floats won the top $250 awards. They were:
comical -- The
Dune Billy Queens of Creative Ballance salon.
creative – Sun
Realty with its “Christmas in Paradise” float.
spirited – The Cape Hatteras Anglers Club with its beach access theme.
Three $50 prizes were awarded to youngsters who participated.
They went to the GO FAR running group, Girl Scout Troop 4175, and the
Magical School Bus.
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