BUFFALO — A parade, a community worship service, and the lighting of a community Christmas tree will help kick off the Christmas season in the Buffalo community.
In a statement released Tuesday, the Buffalo Community Center Committee announced that the Buffalo Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 1. This year’s parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. as in previous years to avoid a conflict with the Lockhart Christmas Parade which is being held at 2 p.m. the same day.
“Have a real family day and attend both parades if possible and make lasting memories,” the committee urged.
The committee also invited those groups and organizations interested in participating in the parade to do so.
“We encourage you to have an entry in the parade,” the announcement states.
Line up for the parade will start at 3:30 p.m. with the following groups, organizations, and entries directed to line up at the following locations:
• Emergency personnel on the Bailey Road.
• Car entries and floats on the Riley Road.
• Horses behind the Duncan Masonic Hall. An area will be roped off for the horses and their riders from which the parade can be viewed and from where parade coordinators will directed them when to join in.
• Union County Sheriff, banner carriers, the parade marshal, and political candidates on the highway right-of-way across from the Masonic Hall.
• The Santa Claus Float at the old Gulf Station.
• Bands at Buffalo Seafood.
Four wheelers will line up on the Bailey Road behind the emergency vehicles, but the committee states that each must have a licensed driver or be escorted by an adult. The committee stressed that no tactics such as revving up and wheelies will be tolerated to ensure public safety. Anyone driving a four wheeler found to be engaging in such activity will be escorted from the line up.
The parade will proceed along Main Street to Duncan Avenue. At that point, the committee states that parade participants should turn right onto Duncan Avenue and either make a circle back into Buffalo or continue on to their next destination.
For more information about the parade and participating in it, contact Marsha Sumner at 864-424-9902 or Melinda Wages at 864-429-0415.
Community Worship Service
The celebration of Christmas in Buffalo will continue on after the parade is over beginning with the Community Christmas Service at 6 p.m. at the Buffalo Community Center.
Like the parade, the service is a traditional part of the Buffalo community’s annual celebration of Christmas. As in year’s past, “local churches and community members will come together for a special time of fellowship and worship to start the holiday season. This year, St. Luke Baptist Church is the host church for this service.”
Anyone who wants to be part of the program should contact Bernard Dawkins at 864-429-0300 by this Saturday.
The Buffalo Community Center is located at 1505 Main St., Buffalo.
Candlelight Christmas Tree Lighting Service
After the worship service concludes, the evening’s celebration will conclude with the third tradition of the Buffalo community celebration of Christmas, the Annual Candlelight Christmas Tree Lighting Service.
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