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2023 Spirit of Christmas Parade
Candy, kids, and Santa
December 12, 2023

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oats and horses, musicians on trailers, and a Santa (or two). Oriental’s Spirit of Christmas parade had them all.

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Waving at the crowd from a passing Fire Truck. All Pamlico County fire fighters are volunteers.

Several streets in Oriental – including Broad Street (Highway 55) – shut down for half an hour to let the parade go by.

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The flute players lead the Pamlico County High School Band.

It’s the biggest part of the Spirit of Christmas weekend. Town residents and volunteers make it happen, every second Saturday in December.

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The UHOOs – Oriental’s own ukulele band – plays through.
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Irma Fay Maxbauer drives centenarian Fay Bond through the Spirit of Christmas parade.
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Elves from the Neuse Sailing Association hand out candy.
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The Sudan Mourners’ horse shows some holiday spirit.
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Waving from the float of The Golden Girls Dancers.
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Some ‘floats’ were on trailers. One was a coach.
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The excitement of meeting Santa. (Maureen Farmer photo)
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Fire trucks move down Hodges Street.
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Dr. Hicks and her vet techs take their pet patients for a walk. Petey is in the lead.
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Kids with candy… throw it? or keep it?
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The flag team adds a bit of color to the high school marching band.
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Mom looks out the window of the fire truck while her son throws candy to the crowd.
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Santa waves hello from the chimney.
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A line of antiques, headed by a green 2CV Citroën.
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Mayor Sally Belangia and her dragon.
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Holiday costumes ranged from whimsical to inspired: mail bags, the Grinch, and holiday beard.
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Alice gets ready to throw candy from a cruiser.
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An elf and a heron escort the float from Blue Heron real estate.
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Sheriff Chris Davis with his wfie Sarah ride on Pamlico County’s Special Operations boat.
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Candy canes and gingerbread make up the Pamlico Community College float.
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Santa gets his customary lift from the Coast Guard.
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The Neuse Sailing Association brought a vessel full of presents.
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The Oriental Dinghy Club creates ‘snow’ for the crowd with a bubble machine.
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Kids hand out candy from the PCC Candy Cane float.

Posted Tuesday December 12, 2023 by Allison DeWeese


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