Everyone seemed to agree that the 25th Annual Pembroke Christmas Parade and Festival was bigger and better than ever.
The downtown city streets were lined with animated people of all ages as the nearly 80 parade entrants organized and began their journey along Hwy. 280 Saturday morning.
Grand Marshal Diane Moore said Tuesday the day seemed to go very well.
"I think the day was a complete success," she said. "But, my favorite part was when the Mayor of Pembroke and some of those I was formerly in 4-H with presented me with a proclamation. It was very special to me."
Shanna Davis of 4-H and one of the organizers said she was very happy with the parade and the crowd.
"I couldn’t ask for any better," she said. "I was real pleased with everything. The weather for the fun was cold, but everybody who participated seemed to enjoy it."
Hollis Hill, instructor at Dancing Unlimited in Black Creek, said she’s been part of the parade for 10 years and that it gets bigger and better every year.
"It’s really grown a lot. The parade was great and the floats keep getting better," Hill said.
Lloyd Strickland, President of the Rusty Relics Antique Tractor Club said the group had 17 tractors in the parade this year, and as always, the parade was wonderful.
"Pembroke always has a good Christmas parade," Strickland said,
A particularly popular vendor was Roy Blackmon of Statesboro, who for the 4th year and through multiple festivals has run the rock wall and super jump combination where children were lined up to scale the wall or jump and flip. on the trampolines.
"The parade was huge. Whoever put it all together did a good job," Blackmon said.
Among the parade participants were, the Bryan County Sheriff Clyde Smith, Interim Pembroke Police Chief Stacy Strickland, Bryan County High School ROTC Color Guard and Redskins Marching Band, BCHS 2008 Homecoming Queen Amber Smith and Richmond Hill High 2008 Homecoming Queen Shakeena Durhem.
Edible Arrangements Frutations came from Statesboro as did Southeast Bulloch High School Homecoming Queen, Asharawls Ross to join the Pembroke parade while local favorites like the Alee Shriners’ Oriental Band and go-cart clowns entertained the crowd.
Among the churches entering floats were Emmanuel Community Church located on Little Creek Road in Lanier, First Baptist Church of Pembroke who won First Place-Clubs, Organizations, Northside Baptist Church located on W.E. Smith Road in Pembroke, Christ Baptist Church located at 3580 Wilma Edwards Road, and Beulah Baptist Church located just outside of Pembroke who won 3rd Place for Clubs and Organizations.
The float winners were:
1st Place-First Bank of Coastal Georgia
2nd Place-Heritage Bank
Clubs, Churches, Organization Division
1st Place-First Baptist Church of Pembroke
2nd Place-Hendrix Park Soccer Team
3rd Place-Beulah Baptist Church