Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
December 11, 2013
Stop and take a second glance if new statues are seen around Elkin and Jonesville.
They’re probably frozen spectators from the weekend’s parade.
The warm weather present Friday night at Elkin’s Light Up event was a distant memory by midday Sunday. Early rain threatened to drench the entire Christmas parade but stopped just prior to the 3 p.m. kickoff.
Even with no precipitation crowds failed to line the streets of the two towns this year. The bravest souls chose to huddle together in their cars and watch the floats pass them by.
Only when the sugary treats hit the streets would children and adults scurry out to scavenge, jumping back into the heated vehicles as soon as possible.
Many of the viewers on the Jonesville side stayed just long enough to watch the last of the floats pass before heading home.
Those in Elkin stayed off the streets until the sirens of fire trucks and emergency vehicles drew closer. The audiences hit the streets only after the parade turned onto Main Street downtown.
Parade participants also chose to sit it out this year. Threatening forecasts had some floats cancelling as early as Saturday, before the rain began or the temperatures dropped to their lowest levels.
Already-purchased floats were forced to ride through the parade with no one on board.
Neither Elkin’s nor Starmount’s marching bands participated.
Still, coordinator Vicki Roberts counts the parade as a success because of the spirit of those who overcame the wintry conditions.
“This was my 14th year coordinating the Elkin-Jonesville Christmas Parade and I have to say it was one of the best for me yet. You wouldn’t have heard me say that earlier in the week,” Roberts said.
She recounted a story of her family being snowed in at a National Guard Armory in Remington, Ind. The family was on their way to visit her grandparents, but instead shared their Christmas with strangers.
“While this was not the Christmas we had planned, missing the rest of our family, festivities and a warm bed, it helped us realize the true meaning of the holiday,” Roberts said.
This year’s parade was much the same, she said.
“While this year’s parade was not wrapped up with pretty sunshine bows, it goes as a testimony of the warmth and spirit that is present all around us. I completely understand reservations of participating this year and know everyone needs to be safe,” Roberts said.
She thanked those who participated and gave a shout out to the Elkin National Guard Armory.
“But thank you everyone for one of the best Christmas’ yet! And especially to the National Guard Armory, Sgt. 1st Class Key who in true spirit came to the rescue as they did in Remington, Ind. Merry Christmas to all and we will see you again on Dec. 14, 2014.”
Each year the parade recognizes different floats in the line-up for various categories.
This year’s winners are:
• Best non-professional entry in parade — New Covenant Church
• Most enthusiasm in parade – Soyworx
• Best classic car or vehicle in parade – n/a
• Best dance group – Graceful Steps
• Best religious entry – Thanks to Calvary Baptist Church
• Most unusual entry – Zombie Response Team
• Entry most effectively expressing the theme (The Sights and Sounds of Christmas) – Headliners Salon
• In lieu of no high school bands participating the judges created another category for the best Christmas tree in the parade – Parrish Tire
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