December 12, 2011

Hatteras Village Christmas Parade is bigger than ever


Hatteras Village Civic Association President Dennis Robinson said he wanted this year’s post-Irene Christmas Parade to be the biggest ever.

And he got his wish.

There were 45 entries in the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade, more than in any other.

And, judging by the crowded parking situation, it might have been the biggest crowd ever. Twenty minutes before the 2 p.m. starting time, it was hard to find a parking place along the parade route through the village.

By parade time, vehicles were squeezed into just about every available spot to park a car or truck.

The day was bright and sunny, a pleasant change from last year’s rainy weather.  Though temperatures were seasonable in the mid-50s, there was a brisk north wind that had many folks in their coats, hats, and scarves or sitting under blankets to keep warm.

As usual, the parade drew a variety of entries – floats, vintage cars, motorcycles, golf carts, horses, walkers, bike riders, boats, and emergency vehicles.  

Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative sent two buckets trucks, and the island’s six volunteer fire department sent ladder trucks and other vehicles.  The Hatteras Island Rescue Squad also had its emergency vehicles, and the U.S. Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary entries were both boats.

There was lots of honking and sirens from the fire trucks and such, but this year the crowd enjoyed the music of two marching bands – from Cape Hatteras Secondary and First Flight high schools.

Plenty of candy was being tossed from the floats and vehicles and little kids – and a few big ones – scurried to pick up the sweet treats.  The kids have gotten smart about this, and most had bags or buckets for their booty.

The top three winners of $250 prizes were:

Brownie Scout Troop 1660 for the most community spirited float.  The float’s theme was “Renew, Recycle, Rejoice” and it featured a Christmas tree made of recyclable bottles and jugs.

Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation for the most creative float.  The theme was cancer awareness and the float and a Christmas tree on it were decorated with multi-colored ribbons that denote awareness of the various types of cancer.

Dune Billy Queens from Creative Ballance Salon for the most comical.  As usual, the queens were amusing and outrageous. The queens donated their prize to the island’s cancer foundation.

The Cape Hatteras Secondary School senior and sophomore classes each won $50 for their entries in the kids’ category.

However, The Island Free Press honorable mention for the greatest float in the parade goes to Midgett Realty for its depiction of Highway 12 and the new Pea Island Bridge.

The banner ahead of the float read, “Christmas came early thanks to….NCDOT and CHEC for their special connection,” a reference to bridging Pea Island Inlet with power lines and a new, temporary metal bridge.

On the float, big, toy vehicles – and a highway truck – were set on the reconnected “asphalt” highway, its sides lined with the “metal” bridgework. Two power poles on the float were strung with lights and adorned with red ribbons.

It was quite an elaborate undertaking.

We’re sorry to disappoint Midgett Realty, but there is no check for this category – just fame!

As always, Santa brought up the rear of the parade on a vintage Hatteras Volunteer Fire Department truck.

This year, Dare County’s Public Information Department videotaped the parade for later presentation on Government Access and Educational Channel on cable TV – Channel 20. It will be on the air soon and will repeat through the holidays.

The county sent three videographers to the parade – Michael O’Dell, who directs Channel 20, Chris Baucom of Public Information Department, and volunteer Hunt Thomas.

Buddy and Clifford Swain anchored the presentation, interviewing islanders and providing commentary.

Island Free Press will let you know when the video will be on the air.


Sheriff Doug Doughtie
Conner’s Cape Hatteras Supermarket
Point Break Pool and Spa
Hatteras Island Racing: "Ted” in his golf Cart
Cape Hatteras EMC
Frisco Rod and Gun/ Pine Ridge Boatworks
Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Hand of Love
Cape Hatteras Marching Band
Friends of Felines
Jim Taylor (2 Cars)
Brownie Scouts Troop 1660
Midgett Realty
Avon Fire Department
Cape Hatteras Anglers Club
Salvo Fire Department
Kitty Hawk Kites
Dare County Parks and Recreation’s Fessenden Center
Dune Billy Queens (Creative Ballance)
Hatteras Island Rescue Squad
Stocky Midgett- Hatteras Island Golf Carts
Burrus Market
Sun Realty
Hatterasman Restaurant
Freshman Class
Buxton Fire Department
Sophomore Class
Frisco Fire Department
Junior Class
Chicamacamico Banks Fire Department
Senior Class
Mead Slagle DDS
First Flight High School Marching Band
Leon Scarborough
U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
Hatteras Islands Flotilla 1604 of the USCG Auxiliary
Hatteras Fire Department
Hatteras Fire Department ‘60 Dodge with Santa

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