A parade to remember

By: By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@championcarolinas.com
Wrapped in coats and blankets, Easley residents turned up in droves for the Christmas Parade.
Easley City Council members on their traditional ride, a vintage fire truck.
Many of the floats tossed candy to kids as they passed by.
The motorcyclists from ABATE made their annual appearance.

The crowds did gather,

‘Round the streets of downtown,

Awaiting the holiday show.

With jackets zipped tight,

To prevent the frostbite.

All these Southerners, turned Eskimo.

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When at last it began,

Easley’s Christmas Parade.

The city did turn out en masse.

As kids rushed up to view,

The festive Christmas milieu,

“No marching bands?” they cried out, aghast.

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As it turned out, you see,

The whole Christmas melee,

Was marred by a sinister dickens.

Orchestrated by snow,

That did whistle and blow.

Could be worse — could’ve canceled,

Like Pickens.

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But at the end of the day,

It was all in good fun.

And everyone left in good cheer.

Spirits were high,

And I’m not ‘gonna lie,

Twill be hard to top it next year.

***

Merry Christmas!

Wrapped in coats and blankets, Easley residents turned up in droves for the Christmas Parade.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_240.jpgWrapped in coats and blankets, Easley residents turned up in droves for the Christmas Parade. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Easley City Council members on their traditional ride, a vintage fire truck.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_249.jpgEasley City Council members on their traditional ride, a vintage fire truck. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Many of the floats tossed candy to kids as they passed by.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_254.jpgMany of the floats tossed candy to kids as they passed by. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

The motorcyclists from ABATE made their annual appearance.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_272.jpgThe motorcyclists from ABATE made their annual appearance. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

A gingerbread house by Venture Church.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_273.jpgA gingerbread house by Venture Church. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Is it ever too cold for ice cream? No, no it isn’t.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_286.jpgIs it ever too cold for ice cream? No, no it isn’t. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

A Merry Christmas wish from Spotlight Dance Company.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_292.jpgA Merry Christmas wish from Spotlight Dance Company. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

These girls must have been freezing! But they sure looked like they were having fun.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_307.jpgThese girls must have been freezing! But they sure looked like they were having fun. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Pack 210 waves to the crowds.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_315.jpgPack 210 waves to the crowds. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Oh, Charlie Brown … Always with the sad Christmas tree. We love it!
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_319.jpgOh, Charlie Brown … Always with the sad Christmas tree. We love it! Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

Old Blue decked out in holiday splendor.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_325.jpgOld Blue decked out in holiday splendor. Kasie Strickland | The Sentinel-Progress

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.