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Locust streets filled with Christmas cheer at 36th annual parade

The 36th annual Locust Christmas Parade filled the streets of the city Saturday and drew fans despite bitterly cold temperatures.

Locust Parks and Recreation director Emily Jones said the staging went smoothly for this event, which had representatives from approximately 50 businesses and local organizations.

For the first year, the city was charged with the responsibility of organizing the parade, taking over for the Lions Club which had managed the event for 35 years.

This year’s parade was slightly shorter than last year, having no horses and less tractors due to the cold conditions, Jones said.

She added this year “was a good start for the city” in managing the parade. While not making major changes to the parade, Jones said the city had a more formal registration for this year’s event. Doing so will help the city keep in touch with participating groups for information on next year’s parade, she added.

“It was a good way to get our feet wet,” Jones said about the city managing the parade.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio was the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press from 1999-2001 and has currently served in the same capacity since 2008. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also been honored twice by the North Carolina Press Association.

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