At least a thousand people lined Daleville Avenue Friday night for the “Candy Cane Christmas Parade.”More than 40 entries of queens, cars, floats, dancers, marching bands, motorcycles, horses and dogs traveled down the busy boulevard to the delight of children and adults. Nearby towns of Newton, Level Plains and Clayhatchee also participated. The Mounted Posses of the Dale County and Coffee County sheriff’s offices were a popular entry in the parade, along with dogs from All Breeds Rescue and Doggie Dos.Immediately following the parade, the city Christmas tree, located in front of the high school, was made bright by the flipping of the switch by Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth. The tree served as the backdrop for Christmas music and Santa as he took time to talk with children.Children squealed in delight as floats made their way down the street. Shariya Flucker, 5, was super excited and said she hopes to be in a parade one day because “I love parades. They are the best.” She said she especially likes the bands, floats, dancers in tutus and Santa Claus. Adayvion Jackson, 4, said he loves trumpets and all the music in the parade. Both children were attired in Santa hats and were giddy as they awaited the first of the floats to get to them.Georgia Nichols, a long-time school system employee, served as one of two Grand Marshals of the parade, along with Lt. Col. Paul Berg, the commander of the 223rd Aviation Brigade at Cairns Field in Daleville.Cue McCollister, Chamber of Commerce board member and parade organizer said, “We were very pleased at the number of entries, we keep growing year after year…We are so grateful for the manpower support from our sister unit 1/223rd Aviation Regiment.”
Georgia Nichols, left, and Lt. Col. Paul Berg, right, were the Grand Marshals at the Daleville Christmas Parade last Friday. Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth was also in the parade and had the honor of turning the lights on the city Christmas tree right after the parade.
Adayvion Jackson, 4 and Shariya Flucker, 5, were excited to attend the parade and tree lighting in Daleville Friday night at the annual Christmas Parade.