Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dragoons Participate in the Prattville Christmas Parade

On Monday 1 December, a good time was had by all at the Prattville Christmas Parade.  Coins, candy, and miniature Battle Flags were well-received by parade spectators and children, as were all our flags (Bonnie Blue, Confederate National Flags, and Battle Flag) carried by members of the Wetumpka League of the South group who joined the Dragoons for the community event.  There are always lots of positive comments for the Dragoon entry, including "rebel yells" and cheers and applause from the crowds. The crowd was huge with parts of Main Street virtually blocked by children clamoring for candy, coins and flags. Confederate Navy reenactor Shannon Fontaine of Wetumpka also participated with our group. The effort was led by Dragoon Commander Stuart Waldo, who provided the truck to tow the trailer (provided by Bill Myrick, along with a generator for the decorative lights) and brought along his whole family to sit on the float in period dress. Other essential operatives are Adjutant Wayne Sutherland and Quartermaster Bill Myrick, who manage all the physical details of getting the float decorated. Treasurer Billy Leverette rode in the truck for the parade and provided the sound system, which plays a soundtrack with "Christmas in Dixie", and other favorites on it. Communications Officer Tyrone Crowley and his wife Carol participated in the parade along with 1st Lt. Harold Grooms.  Harold, Bill Thompson and Bill Myrick walked the parade route allowing them to interface with the crowds.  Wayne and Brigade Commander David Brantley carried the camp banner. The float included lights and garland and a Christmas tree and provided hay bales on which riders could sit. As was said before, a good time was had by all and a splendid way to open the Christmas season!
Dragoons 2014 Prattville Christmas Parade Entry

Kerri and kids Sitting Near the Christmas Tree

Bill and Tyrone Riding in the Truck for the Parade

Quartermaster Bill Myrick in front of the Dragoon Float

David and Wayne Carrying the Camp Christmas Banner

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