The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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November 28, 2012

Locust brings in Christmas cheer

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 — Christmas arrived in Stanly County Saturday afternoon as Santa and his sleigh joined an estimated 1,000-plus in Locust to start the season right.

More than 50 groups and floats of all shapes and colors took more than 90 minutes to make their way through the middle of town in a colorful display of the sights and sounds of the holidays.

“This really is a special event for everyone in Locust,” said Mayor Scott Efird, presiding over his last parade as mayor.

“It is incredible what all the members of the Lions Club, our city employees, participants and vendors do to make this happen every year,” Efird said.

“I think they’ve really outdone themselves this year.”

Efird said the event is also a great boost to the local economy as it draws people from all across the area.

He said “it looks like thousands” when asked what his estimate was of the crowd size.

It easily could have been.

The crowd was four and five deep along much of the parade route and the kids enjoyed racing for the special treats many of the parade’s participants threw out to satisfy all those with a craving for candy.

Many stayed later in the Town Center for the ceremony that lit up the city’s lights accompanied by special music and the smell of cotton candy and hot dogs.


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