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Parade rallies crowds in Pembroke
Thousands come out for citys 28th annual Christmas event
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Stepz Studio dancers strut their stuff Saturday during the 28th annual Christmas parade in downtown Pembroke. The group was one of around 70 entries to participate in the parade, making it one of Pembrokes largest in recent memory. - photo by Crissie Elric

More than 1,000 people lined the streets Saturday in downtown Pembroke when the city’s 28th annual Christmas parade and festival rolled through town bringing marching bands, parade floats, arts and crafts and more for everyone to enjoy.
Bryan County 4-H extension coordinator and parade committee member Shanna Waters Davis referred to the event as the “absolute largest” and said she was thrilled to see the streets lined with so many faces.
Around 70 entries made up the parade that traveled down Highway 280, while more than 60 vendors provided arts and crafts, food, entertainment and more for festival-goers, she said.
“I’m amazed that this morning has been nothing less than perfect,” Davis said Saturday after the parade. “We’ve had no problems and the parade was well organized.”
Parade participants ranged from antique tractor drivers and motorcyclists to dancers and karate students. Local churches, fire departments and businesses tossed candy in the streets as children cheered and scrambled to grab the best pieces.
Michael Jackson, 10, said he had a great seat in front of McDonald’s and made sure he got lots of candy.
“This poor Kit Kat is now in a better place,” he said holding an empty chocolate wrapper.

Read more in the Dec. 17 edition of the News.

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