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‘Gunny Clause’ rides his sleigh during the Beaufort Christmas Parade Dec. 6. Numerous Christmas themed floats from local businesses and private vehicles driven by Beaufort residents participated in the parade.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy

Parade for Beaufort to welcome the holidays

10 Dec 2015 | Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

A parade in honor of the holiday season was held in downtown Beaufort Dec 6. Local residents and service members attended to celebrate upcoming winter festivities.

The parade consisted of Christmas themed floats, local businesses and private vehicles driven by Beaufort residents. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Band led the way with holiday tunes and classic American standards. 

“I love this time of year” said Vanesa Saunders, a hairdresser from Beaufort. “It is so exciting to bring my family and see all the floats. It really gets us ready for Christmas.”

Viewers of the procession lined the streets as the parade headed down town. Some wore holiday themed costumes to celebrate the season. Children passed out candy and Christmas cards as they walked down the street.

            “All the parades we have here are great,” said Saunders, originally from North Carolina. “This is such a fun place to live.”

            The town of Beaufort sponsors many parades and festivals throughout the year, including the Shrimp and Waterfront festivals as well as a Veterans Day parade.

The Christmas parade is one of the numerous celebrations and events that have occurred throughout the area to celebrate the holidays. The Night on the Town event, Dec. 4, featured food and live entertainment at Beaufort Waterfront Park. There was a Christmas tree lighting ceremony for residents of Laurel Bay housing community Dec. 3.

“The Marines in this town are great,” said Curtis Merlino, a Beaufort resident. “There is so much support within the community for the military and it is great to see them out here celebrating with us.”

In addition to the Parris Island band’s performance, many service members from the Tri-command were present to show their support and get into the holiday spirit.

As the parade drew to a close, Santa Clause himself appeared riding a Beaufort Fire Department truck and waving to his many admirers.

“That’s when you know it’s really Christmas,” said Saunders. “When Santa shows up and all the kids go nuts.”