Jonesville holds Christmas parade


Parade features floats, fire trucks, a band, and Santa

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times They look ready to take off into the sky, but the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh were sticking pretty close to the ground Saturday during the Jonesville Christmas Parade. In addition to Santa Claus who was making the latest of his pre-Christmas Eve visits to Union County, Saturday’s parade also featured floats by a number of area churches and groups, fire trucks, a marching band, and horses.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Santa Claus waves to the people lining Main Street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The parade featured a number of floats with Christmas messages from area churches and other groups as well Christmas music played a local marching band, and fire trucks from area fire departments.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The color guard from the Union County Firefighters Association brought a patriotic touch to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The color guard is a reminder that, as we celebrate Christmas, we should remember to give thanks for this great nation, the freedoms its citizens enjoy, and the men and women of our armed forces who defend it and safeguard those freedoms. It is also a reminder to give thanks to the firefighters and other first responders who do so much to protect and save the lives and properties of the people of our community.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Makayleigh Ham, 4, stands ready with a bag to fill with candy tossed out by the people riding in the floats during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. She was among the many children who lined Jonesville’s Main Street to watch the parade and, with the help of their parents, scoop up the candy tossed out along the street during the parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While her mother, Cassidy Austin, looks into the camera, Blakelee Bright, Baby Miss Lockhart 2015, seems more interested in what’s going on along the side of the street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. They were among the many participants in the parade who either rode on cars or floats, walked or marched, or rode horses or, in the case of Santa Claus, rode in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times A firefighter with the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department waves to the people lining Main Street in the Town of Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade. Several fire departments sent fire engines and personnel to participate in the parade which also featured a number of floats by area churches and groups, a marching bank, horses, and Santa Claus.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Jonesville Baptist Church float in the Jonesville Christmas Parade has a religious message inspired by the words of Jesus that He would made his disciples fishers of men. Jonesville Baptist was one of several area churches to participate in Saturday’s parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This vintage vehicle was part of the Hillbilly Clan #2 Spartanburg’s contribution to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The group was one of a number of area groups to participate in the parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine was one of the participants in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, performing Christmas music that served as the soundtrack for the parade and provided an additional level of entertainment for the people lining Main Street to watch it.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine performed Christmas music during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Miss Jonesville 2015-16 Malena Kirby waves to the people lining Main Street in downtown Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Horses were part of Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, following Santa Claus as the parade made its way along Main Street in downtown Jonesville.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Mary B. Thomas Girls Youth Circle Unit #16 float in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade was decorated with some familiar faces and the title of a beloved Christmas special.


JONESVILLE — Floats, fire trucks, horses, a marching band, and, of course, Santa Claus were all part of the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon.

The parade began at 3 p.m. and made its way from Pacolet Street, crossed the bridge and then down Main Street. Cars bearing the town’s law enforcement personnel and government officials helped lead the way along with cars carrying government officials and law enforcement personnel from the county and other municipalities, all of whom waved to those lining the streets.

A color guard from the Union County Firefighters Association marched in the parade, two 0f its members holding aloft the flags of the United States of America and the State of South Carolina while the other two carried fire axes.

Firetrucks were a major part of the parade, with several fire departments participating, their firefighters and guests riding the vehicles as they waved to the people lining the streets.

Also participating in the parade were a number of area churches and other groups whose members rode decorated floats bearing both religious and secular Christmas messages.

In addition to waving to the people lining the street, many of those on the floats tossed out candy which was quickly scooped up by the children watching the parade, sometimes with the assistance of their parents.

The Union County High School Sting Machine marched in the parade, performing Christmas music.

A Christmas parade isn’t a Christmas parade without Santa Claus and Jonesille’s Christmas Parade was definitely a Christmas parade as the Jolly Elf was present, waving to the boys and girls of all ages.

The last part of the parade were the horses who carried their riders down the street as they followed Santa.

Saturday’s parade was organized by the Jonesville Christmas Parade Committee composed of Michael Williams, Ronald Young, Randy Spencer, Bessie Thompson, and Tracy Smith.

In a telephone interview Monday morning, Smith said the parade went well, drawing a positive response for those in attendance.

“I think it went really well,” Smith said. “It wasn’t as big as last year’s, but I think it went really well. Everybody I talked to said they enjoyed it.”

Smith thanked all those who helped make the parade a success including her fellow committee members, all the churches and other groups and individuals who took part in it, the vendors who sold their wares along the parade route, and Parade Grand Marshall Joe Robinson and Celebrity Marshall Malachi Rodgers.

Two more Christmas parades will be held in Union County, the first being the Carlisle Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Town of Carlisle and the Union Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. Sunday in the City of Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times They look ready to take off into the sky, but the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh were sticking pretty close to the ground Saturday during the Jonesville Christmas Parade. In addition to Santa Claus who was making the latest of his pre-Christmas Eve visits to Union County, Saturday’s parade also featured floats by a number of area churches and groups, fire trucks, a marching band, and horses.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0030.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times They look ready to take off into the sky, but the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh were sticking pretty close to the ground Saturday during the Jonesville Christmas Parade. In addition to Santa Claus who was making the latest of his pre-Christmas Eve visits to Union County, Saturday’s parade also featured floats by a number of area churches and groups, fire trucks, a marching band, and horses.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Santa Claus waves to the people lining Main Street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The parade featured a number of floats with Christmas messages from area churches and other groups as well Christmas music played a local marching band, and fire trucks from area fire departments.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0031.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Santa Claus waves to the people lining Main Street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The parade featured a number of floats with Christmas messages from area churches and other groups as well Christmas music played a local marching band, and fire trucks from area fire departments.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The color guard from the Union County Firefighters Association brought a patriotic touch to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The color guard is a reminder that, as we celebrate Christmas, we should remember to give thanks for this great nation, the freedoms its citizens enjoy, and the men and women of our armed forces who defend it and safeguard those freedoms. It is also a reminder to give thanks to the firefighters and other first responders who do so much to protect and save the lives and properties of the people of our community.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0005.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The color guard from the Union County Firefighters Association brought a patriotic touch to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The color guard is a reminder that, as we celebrate Christmas, we should remember to give thanks for this great nation, the freedoms its citizens enjoy, and the men and women of our armed forces who defend it and safeguard those freedoms. It is also a reminder to give thanks to the firefighters and other first responders who do so much to protect and save the lives and properties of the people of our community.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Makayleigh Ham, 4, stands ready with a bag to fill with candy tossed out by the people riding in the floats during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. She was among the many children who lined Jonesville’s Main Street to watch the parade and, with the help of their parents, scoop up the candy tossed out along the street during the parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_00022.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Makayleigh Ham, 4, stands ready with a bag to fill with candy tossed out by the people riding in the floats during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. She was among the many children who lined Jonesville’s Main Street to watch the parade and, with the help of their parents, scoop up the candy tossed out along the street during the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times While her mother, Cassidy Austin, looks into the camera, Blakelee Bright, Baby Miss Lockhart 2015, seems more interested in what’s going on along the side of the street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. They were among the many participants in the parade who either rode on cars or floats, walked or marched, or rode horses or, in the case of Santa Claus, rode in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0029.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times While her mother, Cassidy Austin, looks into the camera, Blakelee Bright, Baby Miss Lockhart 2015, seems more interested in what’s going on along the side of the street during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. They were among the many participants in the parade who either rode on cars or floats, walked or marched, or rode horses or, in the case of Santa Claus, rode in a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times A firefighter with the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department waves to the people lining Main Street in the Town of Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade. Several fire departments sent fire engines and personnel to participate in the parade which also featured a number of floats by area churches and groups, a marching bank, horses, and Santa Claus.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0008.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times A firefighter with the Kelly-Kelton Fire Department waves to the people lining Main Street in the Town of Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade. Several fire departments sent fire engines and personnel to participate in the parade which also featured a number of floats by area churches and groups, a marching bank, horses, and Santa Claus.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Jonesville Baptist Church float in the Jonesville Christmas Parade has a religious message inspired by the words of Jesus that He would made his disciples fishers of men. Jonesville Baptist was one of several area churches to participate in Saturday’s parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0012.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Jonesville Baptist Church float in the Jonesville Christmas Parade has a religious message inspired by the words of Jesus that He would made his disciples fishers of men. Jonesville Baptist was one of several area churches to participate in Saturday’s parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This vintage vehicle was part of the Hillbilly Clan #2 Spartanburg’s contribution to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The group was one of a number of area groups to participate in the parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_00231.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times This vintage vehicle was part of the Hillbilly Clan #2 Spartanburg’s contribution to the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. The group was one of a number of area groups to participate in the parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine was one of the participants in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, performing Christmas music that served as the soundtrack for the parade and provided an additional level of entertainment for the people lining Main Street to watch it.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0026.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine was one of the participants in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, performing Christmas music that served as the soundtrack for the parade and provided an additional level of entertainment for the people lining Main Street to watch it.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine performed Christmas music during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0028.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School Sting Machine performed Christmas music during the Jonesville Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Miss Jonesville 2015-16 Malena Kirby waves to the people lining Main Street in downtown Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0020.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Miss Jonesville 2015-16 Malena Kirby waves to the people lining Main Street in downtown Jonesville during Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Horses were part of Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, following Santa Claus as the parade made its way along Main Street in downtown Jonesville.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_0032.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Horses were part of Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade, following Santa Claus as the parade made its way along Main Street in downtown Jonesville.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Mary B. Thomas Girls Youth Circle Unit #16 float in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade was decorated with some familiar faces and the title of a beloved Christmas special.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_IMG_00141.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Mary B. Thomas Girls Youth Circle Unit #16 float in Saturday’s Jonesville Christmas Parade was decorated with some familiar faces and the title of a beloved Christmas special.
Parade features floats, fire trucks, a band, and Santa

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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