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Holiday parade celebrates floats, small town tradition

Originally published: Nov. 17, 2012
Last modified: Nov. 17, 2012

Jesse Campbell

The holiday season came early to downtown West Jefferson Saturday afternoon with the county's annual procession of Christmas themed floats on Jefferson Avenue. 

The parade is co-sponsored by the West Jefferson Merchants Association and the Town of West Jefferson.

The West Jefferson Lion's Club provided the event organization, said the club's website. 

Parker Tie served as the corporate sponsor and provided funding for the individual winners. 

Emmanuel Baptist Church won the Best Non-Profit float entry; Ashe County High School Vanguard Band won Best Band Unit; Dancing Debbies was chosen as the Best Youth Group/Dance; Village Florist won best Commercial Float, and The Ashe Mountain Times won Honorable Mention. 

For more than 20 years, floats, children, screeching fire trucks and police cars, along with an assortment of show horses and church groups bring an early taste of the upcoming season just in time for Thanksgiving. 

The West Jefferson Police Department partitioned the parade route as traffic was deterred to the back streets, and Jefferson Avenue became jam packed with parade floats that extended to McDonald's restaurant to just short of Radio Hill. 

The Ashe County High School Vanguard Marching Band filled the afternoon air with well rehearsed selections and the flag corps served as a harbinger of more holiday flair. 

The JROTC provided its precision demonstration with every flag of the Union flying high and the Boy and Girl Scouts of America proudly displayed their banner as the completed the parade route. 

Small children quickly converged as on stray pieces of candy that were thrown to the ground by the passing floats. 

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