For a little while Saturday afternoon it looked like the Edwardsville Day Parade was going to be washed out. With the parade scheduled to start at 1 p.m., rain began falling at about 12:30.
The parade judges folded their chairs and looked for cover. The crowd already gathered at Galilee United Methodist Church ducked beneath the tents and tarps that had already been set up. Then, after about 15 minutes, the rain stopped and the parade rolled down the road from the old Edwardsville Store to the church. Mistress of Ceremonies, Cherie Carl, director of Northumberland Public Library, walked in the parade and later said the participants got a bit damp from the rain. “It was a curly hair day,” she said. If the parades goers were damp it didn’t show or impede their enthusiasm. The Northumberland High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps’ honor guard led the parade followed by the high school band, flag performers, cheer leaders and dance team.
Grand Marshals Meritha Haynie and the Rev. Ted Smith waved from their vehicles as they rolled past the crowd.. Community Grand Marshal the Rev. Lucia Lloyd waved and called out greetings as her car passed along the parade route.
There was no thundering herd of motorcyclists as there are at some Edwardsville Days but a lone biker revved his machine along the parade route. Mid-County Rescue Squad had an ambulance, lights flashing in the parade and a Fairfields Volunteer Fire Department fire truck startled onlookers with occasional blasts of its siren. At least a dozen beautifully maintained antique cars covered the parade route.
With the parade ending in front of Galilee UMC, the marchers mingled with the crowd which before and after the parade were perusing vendors stands and eating the fried chicken and sides prepared by the Hospitality Committee of Galilee.
Vendors’ tents were operated by The Northumberland Indivisibles a funeral business, the public library and a college and post college sorority, Delta Sigma s Theta’s Northern Neck Chapter.
Before performances by the bands, dancers, flag dancers and Galiliee’s Praise Dancers, high school Assistant Principal Martha Hicks sang the National Anthem.
Dick Saxer, Treasurer Ellen Kirby, Commissioner of Revenue Todd Thomas, Bill Gee and William Parrish served as judges of the parade.