the annual Hatteras Village Christmas Parade was delayed by a day due
to wet and rainy weather, it had no effect on the crowds and the
community spirit that was abundant in Hatteras Village on Sunday
and visitors lined the sides of N.C. Highway 12 from the southern end
of Hatteras to the Hatterasman Drive-in, and the anticipation grew as
the parade inched closer to its roughly 2 p.m. starting time.
the sound of every distant fire truck siren, cries of “They’re coming!”
could be heard from the youngest spectators, who were holding
receptacles of all varieties to catch candy thrown from the line of
floats. From Halloween-themed pumpkin pails, to optimistically large
ACE Hardware buckets, young attendees were ready to view the show, and
hopefully, score some treats from the ensuing procession.
Luckily, there was more than enough holiday spirit – and candy – to go around.
parade began with a decorated police motorcycle, followed by the
signature Conner’s Supermarket vintage car, and the first float of the
afternoon – a Lego-themed addition from Outer Banks Family Medicine in
came the Buxton Volunteer Fire Department, a lime green Daytona pace
car, and the towering Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative truck,
followed by the Girl Scouts in a giant Radio Flyer wagon-themed float.
walking trees from the Fessenden Center and the Frisco VFD truck
followed, along with a Grinch-themed float from Midgett Realty,
complete with an overstuffed and giant bag of “stolen” presents, which
was helmed by the Grinch himself.
in line was a giant shark wishing all the spectators a “Great White
Christmas,” followed by the Avon VFD and the National Park Service with
a walking lighthouse, turtle, and superintendent David Hallac carrying
a fishing pole.
music from the Beach Boys drifted into the air, the Surf or Sound
Realty beach-themed float cruised by, with surfboards and participants
dressed in their best beachy attire.
Chicamacomico VFD also cruised along the route, followed by a bright
red golf cart and the Munchkin Academy’s sleigh, which was sponsored by
Cape Construction. A half-dozen or so horses marched behind, and the
Hatteras Island Rescue Squad made an appearance before Santa came
riding down N.C. Highway 12 on a Hatteras VFD fire truck.
the afternoon, local stores and organizations like the Blue Pelican
Gallery, the CHSS Volleyball Team, and Lee Robinson’s General Store
provided tempting food and/or prime viewing spots for spectators.
after the parade was over, there seemed to be mass agreement among the
crowd that the judges had their work cut out for them.
Cassie Gray, Rachel Bibbey and Alana Harrison presided over the
procession from their traditional perch on the judges’ platform made
out of a boat, and agreed that the determination of this year’s winners
was not clear-cut.
“It’s a very hard decision,” said Harrison. “There are a lot of great floats this year.”
did note that they had a great viewing spot for the parade, and that
their position as judges may have resulted in a lot of swag and candy
that was thrown to their platform from passing floats. “It’s not a bad
life at all,” said Gray.
the end, first place for best float went to the Lego-themed Outer Banks
Family Medicine float, second place went to the Girl Scouts and their
Radio Flyer wagon, and third place went to Mr. Grinch and the Midgett
chilly temperatures but plenty of sunshine, this year’s well-attended
parade was certainly a hit with everyone who ventured out to the center
of Hatteras village. Even the Grinch appeared to be smiling throughout
the parade, and just maybe, his heart grew three sizes that day.
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