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Spirit of Christmas 2017
We hardy few: festivities continue in spite of rain
December 12, 2017
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ainy, windy weather altered schedules for the Spirit of Christmas this year. The streets were not as packed and in at least one case, Santa had to move inside. Despite the uncooperative weather, residents and visitors held fast.

Spirit of Christmas 2017
The Provision Company placard tells it like it is.

The parade went on. As did the lighting of the star and the kayak flotilla. Visitors still came to town and sales of rain gear may have been higher than usual. This year’s theme made things festive: A Christmas Buffett – Jimmy Style.

Spirit of Christmas 2017
Parrotheads in the street.
Spirit of Christmas 2017
A child on a golf cart, the preferred mode of travel, watches the parade.

Town dogs made a strong showing, promoting businesses or waiting to be adopted.

Spirit of Christmas 2017
Joule, so named for her high energy, visits the Brewery with PAWS, waiting to be adopted.

Tradition demanded caroling choirs. Oriental First Baptist provided. The United Methodist Church hosted a live Nativity produced by The Children’s Theater Workshop.

Spirit of Christmas 2017
The choir sings traditional carols.
Spirit of Christmas 2017
Angels wait for their cue.

Local businesses put out their best refreshments and food. The mood was bright and festive against a dreary backdrop. Spirited, you might say.

Spirit of Christmas 2017
The Brewery served up over 200 lbs of barbecue.
Spirit of Christmas 2017
Santa and Mayor Belangia light the star at the town dock.
Parade Winner Results
  • Da Mayor – Best music
  • Provision Co. – Best use of pastel colored hula skirts
  • Offshore Rafting – Most extravagant production and best hula hoopist
  • Nautical Wheelers – Best coordinated outerwear
  • Lilly – Best antlers on a small horse
  • Roe family – Best Margaritas
  • Jones/Lee tractors – Best use of agricultural machinery in a holiday parade
  • Oriental Vet Hospital – Best holiday decorations on a canine
  • Oriental Rotary – Best cuisine
  • Dixon family – Best Christmas elf in distress
  • Boy Scouts and Cubs – Best pirate flag
  • Oriental FWB – Best traditional theme
  • New Dragon – Most energetic and colorful
  • Brantley’s – Best fed Grinch/pointiest hair
  • New Bern YC – Best Macy’s Day parade entry
    (coming from far, far away they managed to get 20 people together…)
  • Coulter kids – Best behaved
  • Capps Trailers – Best control of a float driven by a moose
  • Pamlico Community College – Most enthusiasm
  • NSA – Most likely to be ticketed for over loading a boat
  • Portraits of Christ – Most consistent
  • Barnett family – Best family float
  • NC Coastal Heritage – Prettiest boat
  • Animal Control – Best decoration on a municipal vehicle
  • Ol’ Front Porch – Best banner walkers
  • Dragon Boat – Largest boat in parade
  • River Keeper – Valiant and true
  • Reelsboro rescue boat – Wetest boat
  • Fire Trucks – Most red paint
  • Santa and the Coast Guard – Perfect ending to the parade

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Posted Tuesday December 12, 2017 by Allison DeWeese

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