December 15, 2014
If Norman Rockwell were alive and looking for an all-American Christmas parade to paint, he would come to Hatteras village.
Hatteras Village Christmas Parade:
An All-American Treat...WITH SLIDE SHOW
By KIP TABB
parade route is perhaps a mile long, not long at all by the standards
of most parades, but with families gathering along the entire route,
children in Christmas regalia, neighbors greeting neighbors and falling
into conversation, the feeling of community is tangible.
Blue Pelican Gallery, just down the street from Burrus Red & White
Supermarket, is handing out hot chocolate and cookies again this year.
It seems like that is as much a part of the day’s tradition as the
Along the parade route, two little girls who look
to be about 10 are walking up one side of the road and then the other,
holding up signs that read, “Come and get Homemade Chili - $5 at the
Hatteras United Methodist Church. Benefits the Hatteras Community
They’re taking the task of holding up the signs
very seriously, although every once in a while, they get engaged in
conversation, stop walking, and the signs come down.
beautiful cool day. There’s a light breeze from the north, wisps of
clouds paint a dark blue sky, and there is a moment of silent
anticipation just before the parade begins. Then the flashing blue
lights of the Dare County Sheriff's Office vehicles appear and the
cadence of the drummers in a marching band becomes more distinct.
drum roll and the Cape Hatteras Secondary School marching band breaks
into a medley of Christmas tunes. They’re doing a good job with it.
Christmas songs aren’t the easiest to march to, but they’re keeping
their lines straight and playing some great music.
The parade is a magical combination of the whimsical, religious, and traditional.
are fire engines—lots of fire engines. Every Hatteras Island fire
company sends a team, and they’re not shy about sounding their sirens,
either. Hatteras Island Christian Fellowship recreates the manger scene
with Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus. There are horses marching,
courtesy of Buxton Stables. The Coast Guard float features an
accordion player accompanying a very, very good trumpet player.
is everywhere. Certainly all the fire companies are tossing candy to
the kids along the route, but it seemed like most of the floats are as
Then, riding on top of Hatteras Fire Department Truck
No. 1, the big guy—Santa Claus—makes his appearance, waving to kids,
laughing and accompanied by a live rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming
This year, for the first time, the parade is being
broadcast live on Radio Hatteras, the island's new and terrific
community station. Brothers Cliff and Buddy Swain are seated across
from the Red & White and give a wonderful, chatty and informative
commentary as the floats and entries pass by.
After the parade,
folks gather at the Community Center to enjoy cookies and hot chocolate
and hear the news of the winning entries.
The winners, who received $300 each for their efforts, are:
Community Spirit: CHHS Marching Band. Well deserved. They sounded
fantastic, kept their lines, and played some wonderful music.
Creative: Midgett Realty Gingerbread Beach Hut. It wasn’t just the
gingerbread house, which may have won all on its own. What really
seemed to put this over the top were the dancing, prancing gingerbread
cookies following it.
Most Comical. Friends of Felines. Worth a
smile and a laugh as women dressed in tutus with reindeer antlers
sprouting from their heads and cat masks on their faces march by. An
odd conflating of species, but whimsical, comical and fun.
It's a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas and all the holidays.
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