By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @PGJournal
Posted: December 8, 2018 | 12:30 p.m.
PRINCE GEORGE – It’s officially Christmas time in Prince George County as the young and young-at-heart all gathered along Courthouse Road for the county’s annual Christmas Parade last week.
The annual event, coordinated by the Prince George Parks and Recreation Department, is always much-anticipated and beloved by county residents, and one of the highlights of the entire Christmas season! Absolutely no one can say that Prince George County is not in the Christmas spirit.
Earlier last week, the county celebrated the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Prince George Regional Heritage Center, with the parade highlighting the week of special events throughout the community.
The proud Western Riders of Prince George County, with their beautiful horses, decked out for the holidays! (Rodger Allen Kidd)
The theme of the 35th year of the parade was “A Merry Christmas Thank You.”
The 2018 Parade Grand Marshals were the family members of the late Reggie Jones, who coached over 35-years for the Prince George Parks and Recreation Department. There were 56 entries in this year’s amazing parade, each one seemingly more spectacular and festive than the one before!
The county’s annual Christmas Parade is an uplifting celebration of the season. It was a raw and blustery afternoon, but residents were bundled-up like Eskimos, with only red noses and cheeks peeking through all the layers! The parade featured numerous fire vehicles, community groups, local businesses, clubs, school groups, and churches! Crowds began to gather where the parade’s route began, on Courthouse Road, starting at Beazley Elementary School, and continuing along by hundreds of excited onlookers, to Rolling Meadows subdivision.
A unique campground, complete with a Christmas tree, on the Cub Scouts Pack 902 float. (Rodger Allen Kidd)
“The Prince George Christmas Parade is a marvelous way for the community to celebrate the holiday season,” said Keith Rotzoll, Prince George Parks and Recreation Director. “It is really wonderful to see various groups from all over the area coming together for this special event.”
The very last entry in this year’s thrilling parade, as tradition always dictates, was the big man himself—Santa Claus! The excited children and their parents stretched their necks to get that first glimpse, and roared with delight as Santa came into view!
Many in the crowd said that this year’s parade, “A Merry Christmas Thank You,” was the best ever!
Tis the season—Merry Christmas Prince George!