Mount Olive hosts annual Christmas parade

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Families were treated to an almost hour-long Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Mount Olive.

Watching the second-most entries ever, families were spoiled with candy and entertainment from 128 parade participants during the procession. Entries included 20 firetrucks and 24 homemade floats. There were also several cars holding people such as Mayor Kenny Talton, all of the Mount Olive town commissioners had individual cars, Senator Jim Perry, Rep. Raymond Smith, Miss Outstanding Teen Hayden Pearson, Parade Grand Marshal Al Southerland and others.

Mount Olive Chamber president Julie Beck says “we will need to tweak the lineup location for next year if we continue to get this many entries. But that is a great problem to have. Overall, the parade was a success with great weather, big crowds and lots of parade entries.”

“People loved the parade being downtown, many reminiscing to me how it brought back memories of their childhood days,” Beck added.

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