According to Gail Paul, organizer for the 2012 Cheraw Christmas Parade, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be in town kind of early. This year’s parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 17, at 4 p.m.
Board Members for Mercy in Me Clinic will serve as Grand Marshals for the parade, which Paul said promises more professional floats this year along with many of the children’s favorite walking characters such as Elmo, Blue, Rudolph, Kitty and, of course, the one you wouldn’t “touch with a 39 1/2 foot pole,” The Grinch!
“Come join us for this fun-filled occasion,” said Paul.
Drumming up the excitement for the afternoon will be sounds of several marching bands, including The Tribe of Cheraw High School and the McBee High School Band. Wallace Mechanical Supply Inc, and American Stainless Steel, LLC, are sponsoring the appearance of a third band, the Community Youth Organization (CYO) Marching Corps. Wallace Funderburk, owner of Wallace Mechanical Supply, Inc., said the CYO Marching Band is a non-profit organization and is part of an Inner City Urban Renewal effort in the Charlotte area.
“This band is unique,” said Funderburk, as it came to fruition by friends of his, Mr. Thomas “Pop” Sandler and his wife Marie Sandler. “They started with just a few kids and $400 of their own personal money.”
According to Funderburk, in a short time, the number of kids grew. The CYO applied for and received grants that moved the organization forward, now offering services such as computer lab, tutoring, art, and cultural learning etc. “The heart of the organization,” he said, “is to provide stability, encouragement, nurturing, build self-esteem, and improve each child’s academic performance.”
For more information about the parade contact Gail Paul at 843-498-7138.