|Procession included 130 units and 30 horses|
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The weather cooperated and so did residents, as the Franklin County Christmas Parade Sunday was one of the largest in history.
With sunny skies and seasonably comfortable temperatures, the streets of Rocky Mount were lined with spectators all along the parade route.
"It was a huge crowd around town and probably the longest parade we have ever had," said parade organizer Dorothy Cundiff, director of the Retail Merchants Association, the parade's sponsor.
Cundiff said the parade included about 130 units and 30 horses.
"People really wanted to be in it," she said. "It went very well."
Many of the floats participated in contests.
Franklin County Sandlot Cheerleaders won first place in the Best Use of Theme category. Girl Scout Daisy Troop 186 won second place.
Best Marching Unit was the Franklin County High School JROTC group, with Raise the Bar Dance Studio coming in second.
Most Unusual Unit award went to Holiday Inn Express. Sandy Ridge Baptist Church took second place.
The Redwood Community Association won first place in the Best Overall Float competition with the Roanoke Valley Horse Rescue taking second place.
Judges were Sandy Via, Margaret Board and James Ervin.
The parade's Grand Marshal was Franklin County businessman and community leader Carl Simpson.
This was the 58th year for the parade and the 34th year that Cundiff has organized it.