Santa, festive music and more offered in park prior to parade Dec. 9

Published 3:58 pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010

With instrumentals and voices raised in celebration and praise, inspirational dances, and the exciting glow of the city’s Christmas tree in an illuminated Confederate Park, the time leading up to the annual Christmas parade set for Thursday, Dec. 9, will be just as enjoyable a time for families as the parade itself, says Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce director Francine Wasden.

“We have a wonderful lineup of entertainment with something for everyone’s taste taking place in Confederate Park next Thursday, starting at 5 p.m.,” said Wasden.

The Greenville High School Jazz Band will be first to perform, followed by the Antioch East Baptist Church Choir with soloist.

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Next on tap is the Southside Zone 4:12 Praise Team, performing instrumental Christmas music, the House of Prayer Praise Dancers and the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The parade is scheduled to get underway at 6:30 p.m.

“Dr. Jean Thompson and her poodle Noel will be dressed in their holiday finest as Dr. Thompson serves as our grand marshal for the occasion,” said Wasden.

The AISA 3-A football champs, the Fort Dale Academy Eagles, will be appearing in the parade along with the FDA cheerleaders. Expect twirlers, tricked-out and antique cars, the Greenville High and Georgiana bands, Scout troops, lighted floats and much more on tap next Thursday night. The log cabin playhouse, festively decorated for the occasion, will also appear on the float of its donor, Greenville Pediatrics. Raffle tickets for the playhouse are now being sold with the prizewinner to be drawn on Dec. 17, with all proceeds from the raffle going to Safe Harbor-The Children’s Advocacy Center.

Expect to see jolly old Saint Nick on Thursday night, too. “Oh, yes, Santa will be in the park prior to the parade and boys and girls of all ages should watch for him on the big red fire truck at the end of the parade,” said Wasden.

The CoC director wants to remind everyone that no parking on Commerce St. along the parade route is allowed after 5 p.m. the day of the parade.

For more information about park and parade activities, contact the Chamber at 382-3251.