Saturday, December 21, 2013

SCV Camp 1524 Dragoons in the Prattville Christmas Parade 2013

Members of the Dragoons and Confederates from Wetumpka participated in the Prattville Christmas parade which after two weather postponements was held on a seasonally cold Monday evening, December 16th.  The parade started at the old Continental Eagle Gin factory parking lot and snaked down Main Street to Northington St to Pratt Park.  Crowds of children and young at heart lined the streets.  The Dragoons entry was very well received and the small Battle Flags and SCV coins were particularly popular with everyone screaming for them. 

Camp Commander Stuart Waldo, Communications Officer Tyrone Crowley, Brigade Commander Bill Myrick and Flag Chairman Larry Spears met Monday afternoon to assemble the float on Bill's trailer including the requisite Christmas tree, garland and string lights and red bows.  Bill brought hay bales to sit on for the parade riders. The float looked particularly good all lit up at night when the parade was held. 
Bill and Larry Play with the Tangled Cluster of String Lights
The Finished Masterpiece of a Float
The Usual Suspects Posing in Front of the Float
The Dragoons entry had 23 participants marching or riding including Commander Waldo in period uniform and his wife in a beautiful hoop dress along with their children, Communications Officer Crowley and wife Carol, Brigade Commander Myrick, Flag Chairman Spears, Adjutant Wayne Sutherland, Color Sgt Brent Jenks and fis father George along with a fine contingent from Wetumpka led by Compatriot Mike Whorton and his wife. Wayne and Brent led the Dragoons and friends carrying the camp Christmas banner and Commander Waldo pulled the trailer with ten riders and the rest of the men carrying flags.  It was a cold winter night but the Confederate camaraderie and Christmas spirit made it a wholly enjoyable and successful event.
The Waldos in Front of the Dragoons Float
Myrick, Waldo, Crowley and Spears in Period Dress with Float Lights Aglow
The Prattville Dragoons and Friends Ready for the Parade

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