Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Vida Christmas Parade

Members of the Prattville Dragoons, SCV Camp 1524 participated in the Vida community's Christmas parade on Saturday, December 15th.  The annual event is held down a stretch of AL County Road 19 and doubles back so that spectators can enjoy the parade coming and going.  Former Commander Wyatt Willis coordinated the Dragoons participation in the parade and brought his large Battle flag, recruiting a young man to shoulder that down the parade route.  Dragoons Commander Chris Booth and 2nd Lt. Stuart Waldo carried the Dragoons camp banner leading Don Drasheff driving his convertible adorned with Battle flags and accompanied by Larry Miller.  Loads of candy including 10 pounds of chocolate candy bars and over 500 candy canes were tossed to children and the young at heart lining the parade route road.  A number of SCV coins were also given to spectators including a couple of individuals who specifically requested them.   The Dragoons and the Battle flags were warmly greeted all the way along with the couple of Santa Claus riding in their floats, dozens of classic cars and tractors, horses, and a number of fire trucks sounding their sirens and horns.  After the parade, a delicious lunch is provided in the Vida community center including chopped pork, camp stew, chili, potato salad, burgers and hot dogs along with homemade desserts and sweet tea.  Judge Joy Booth and State Senator Bryan Taylor were in attendance at this wonderful community holiday event. 

Santa Claus waiting in queue before the start of the Vida Christmas parade.

Participants gathers awaiting the start of the Vida Christmas parade with the Battle flag raised above them all.

Some of the lead vehicles lined up at the Vida community center before the parade.
The parade makes its way down AL CR 19 in Vida with children and spectators lining the street.

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