Bright sunshine and cold temperatures greeted one of the largest crowd’s in recent memory at Angier’s annual Christmas parade Saturday morning.
The popular event once again crossed the town on Broad Street, starting in the parking lot of Angier Baptist Church and ending at the other end of the busy road in the parking lot of Trinity Baptist Church.
Several politicians were in the group, riding floats and waving to voters as they prepare for the 2020 election season. Among those taking part were newly sworn in Angier Mayor Bob Smith, several town commissioners, Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats and several candidates seeking seats on the Harnett County Board of Commissioners.
As in most holiday parades, Santa and Mrs. Claus wrapped up the celebration, stopping in Angier before attending other holiday events.
There were smiles up and down the parade route as revelers cheered the parade participants. Among those were the Turner family, with the family’s three youngest members anxiously waiting minutes before the parade began.
“I like it because they are throwing all kinds of candy,” young Myles Turner said.
Adults of all ages also enjoyed the parade.
“It is just a good event and we always enjoy coming out,” Mabel Jones said.
“I think one of the good things about the parade is the number of people who take part each year,” Todd Pleasant said. “It is always a good event.”
The Angier Chamber of Commerce sponsors the parade each year. They will also be part of the annual tree lighting celebration in town which will take place Thursday night.
Angier’s parade on Saturday was one of several area events held over the past few days. See inside for scenes from other tree lightings and Christmas parades in the local area.