Pike County prepares for Christmas parades

Published 9:10 pm Friday, November 19, 2010

The winter months are here—the leaves are falling, the lights are being put up, the tidings are glad, and Troy, Brundidge and Goshen are preparing for their annual Christmas parades.

Troy is getting into the spirit with the musical theme “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” The city’s parade will be held November 29 starting at 6 p.m.

This year, the city is looking to top last year’s 85 float entries, explained Melissa Sanders, a committee member for the parade.

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There will also be a tree lighting after the parade and a chance to take your picture with Santa. A winner will be chosen for best float of the year at the parade.

“The parade gets everybody together around Christmas time,” Sanders said. “A sense of family in a season of such giving, a great time with all the lights, and to see children’s faces light up with them—it’s a fun time.”

If you would like to be a part of this year’s parade you can pick up a packet at City Hall, the Senior Center or online at the City Hall website.

The Brundidge Street lights will be in full gleam November 30 at 6 p.m.

The Brundidge Christmas parade has been a tradition since the 1950’s.

“As early as when I was six years old I remember the dazzle of the Brundidge lights,” said Linda Faust, who works in administration for the city of Brundidge.

The Christmas parade will have a special visit from Santa Claus himself, the traditional Jingle Bell Jog for the children and the Christmas tree lighting.

“Always good, a wonderful time,” Faust said. “The community invited the other area towns to join us in a good time and to kick off the season.”

The town of Goshen will have its Christmas parade December 3 starting at 6 p.m. Traci Shaver, the co-chair to Goshen’s parade committee, said anyone in the town who wants to participate is encouraged to line up at 5:15 p.m.

Participants are also encouraged to take part in the Senior Centers Camp Stew Supper and Cook-Off, which starts at 4 p.m.

Children will be able to have their picture taken with Santa and watch the colorful lights and Christmas music displayed from float entries, Shaver said.

“Being such a small town everyone knows everyone and it is a great time to come together and celebrate this time of year,” she said.