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40th annual Christmas parade

Posted on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 9:23 am

Temperatures in Kilmarnock were sliding down through the 30s Tuesday night but still people lined Main Street and Irvington Road to watch the town’s annual Christmas Parade.

Kilmarnock claims to have the oldest nighttime Christmas parade in the state of Virginia and 2018 marked its 40th year. Parking along the one-mile route was already filling an hour before the event, showing the parade is still a draw.

The Christmas parade is always scheduled for the second Friday of December. But this year, it rained on that day and Saturday the 15th, which was the planned rain date. “We had weather that just wasn’t good to be a parade watcher or a parade participant. Then, we looked out and saw this moment of dryness on Tuesday, and Santa said he was good with that,” so that’s what the town went with, said Susan Cockrell, deputy town manager and community development.

This year’s parade theme was “A Storybook Christmas.” The town had an audio system in the Steptoe District to entertain those waiting at the latter end of the route, and it played seasonal music fitting the occasion.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 12/26/18