Friday, December 13, 2013
Sporadic rain and chilly temperatures did not dampen the spirits of those gathered for Georgetown’s Christmas boat parade and annual tree lighting Saturday evening. Temperatures dropped more than twenty degrees from the sunny mid-seventies that greeted parade viewers earlier in the day during the land parade.
This time out, onlookers bundled in coats and sipped free hot chocolate and apple cider as they lined Front Street’s Harborwalk to watch the brightly lit local boats travel the Sampit River.
“The boat parade was fantastic! It was really good,” said Georgetown City Councilwoman Peggy Wayne.
John and Tracy Rogers were the evening’s Grand Marshals. The Georgetown couple lost their home during September’s Front Street fire. They led the parade aboard The Rascal with Captain Mark and Tracy Rogers.
This was the first time in years Georgetown celebrated the holiday season with a Christmas boat parade, which made a lot of people happy.
“It was pleasant,” said Daniel Calvin of Pawleys Island as he watched the boats circle around for a second time with his family. “It was really good to have the boat parade back again.”
Several awards were given during the celebration. Landing Lady and Two Dogs both received honorable mentions. The Rascal won for Best Christmas Theme and Bad Idea won for having the Best Crew, while Best in Show went to the Adams.
Following the parade, the crowd made their way from the Harborwalk to Francis Marion Park for the annual lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. Leading up to the tree’s lighting, the Marvelous Wonderettes entertained with Christmas music and children ran to greet Santa Claus, who was passing out candy canes.
The tree lighting itself came wrapped in the performance of children from all over Georgetown. Under the direction of Lee Padgett of the Swamp Fox Players the young group reenacted a scene from the cartoon classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” As Cameron Tedrow of Pawleys Island delivered Linus’ monologue on the true meaning of Christmas, the tree lit and the crowd cheered.