Christmas parade will
step off at 7 p.m. Friday
The 34th annual Kilmarnock Lighted Christmas Parade will step off at 7 p.m. Friday, December 14. “Christmas-A Season of Giving” is the theme.
The parade is sponsored by Lancaster by the Bay Chamber of Commerce and its partner, Dominion Virginia Power, said assistant town manager Susan T. Cockrell.
Pre-parade activities start at 6 p.m. in the Steptoe’s District. Carolers will be in front of Higher Health, street vendors will offer hot dogs, hot chocolate, coffee and cold drinks. There also will be Christmas music and children’s treats. Several merchants will be open with special holiday events, said Cockrell.
Santa will visit children before the parade, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Kilmarnock firehouse on School Street, she said. There will be treats and games there for the little ones, plus a drawing for a $100 VISA gift card for a lucky child.
Th grand marshal is the Northern Neck Food Bank. Parade spectators are urged to bring a nonperishable item to donate, said Cockrell. There will be a donation box at Santa’s location and the Food Bank will have small wagons to collect the donations as part of their parade entry. Just watch for the grand marshal entry and bring items to the curb for pickup as the parade rolls along the route.
The parade starts on North Main Street at the Chesapeake Commons and Lancaster Square shopping centers, continues to Irvington Road and concludes on School Street. Some 89 entries, including more than 110 individual units, are registered.
Parade entries must arrive between 4:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. If they are to be judged, they should be in their designated staging area and ready for judging at 5:30 p.m., she said. Entries staged at Chesapeake Commons must enter between Great Fortune and Stevie’s Ice Cream for check in. Those units in Lancaster Square should enter at the stop light.
Main Street will close at 6:50 p.m. and no movement will be allowed until the parade has concluded around 8 p.m. Kilmarnock will be quite busy Friday night and drivers are asked to be especially mindful of floats, children, horses and a jolly old elf making their way around town, added Cockrell.
The parade lineup by sequence and name are:
• Parade Banner carried by LHS Cheerleaders.
• Proud Partner Banner carried by LHS Cheerleaders.
• Dominion Virginia Power.
• American Legion 2nd District Honor Guard.
• KPD Chief Michael Bedell.
• Lancaster County Sheriff Ronnie Crockett.
• Northumberland County Sheriff Chuck Wilkins.
• Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert Cunningham.
• Virginia State Police.
• Kilmarnock Mayor Raymond Booth and Mrs. Sharon Booth.
• Grand marshal Northern Neck Food Bank tractor & wagon with 2 Lancaster High School cheerleaders leading the way.
• Grand marshal Northern Neck Food Bank truck.
• Donniker Brothers Calliope.
• Ronald McDonald.
• Kristy Abrams - Equine.
• Sally Cheatum - Equine.
• Cheryl Gallagher - Equine.
• Ava Lewis - Equine.
• Kirsten Allen - Equine.
• Melanie McDonald - Equine.
• Offical Pooper Scooper #1.
• Rappahannock General Hospital .
• Marching Elites.
• Grinch & All His Friends.
• Girl Scout Troop #368.
• Cub Scouts Pack #225.
• Cub Scouts Pack #242.
• Cub Scouts Pack #222.
• Little Wonder Horse Farm.
• Cuthbertson Farrier Service - Equine.
• Cuthbertson Farrier Service - Equine.
• Suthard Horses - Equine.
• Offical Pooper Scooper #2.
• Knights of Columbus.
• Triangle Trolley - “Rudolph’s Reindeer Ride.”
• Boys & Girls Club.
• Chesapeake Academy.
• YMCA -Wiley Child Development Center.
• Special Olympics Virginia Area 28.
• Northern Neck Montessori School.
• Memory Lane Car Club.
• Northern Neck Military Vehicles.
• Military Antique Truck.
• Oldies & Goodies Car Club.
• Bank of Lancaster.
• LMS Band.
• NHS Indian Spirits Dance Team.
• Kilmarnock-Lancaster VRS.
• Upper Lancaster VRS.
• Chesapeake Boat Basin.
• Fairfields VFD.
• Fairfields VFD mini.
• Country Cottage.
• Callao VFD - Engine 61.
• Mini Ambulance “Bamalance.”
• Northern Neck Ace Hardware.
• Lancaster EMS 1 - Truck.
• Kilmarnock Lettering & Moubray & Co.
• Upper Lancaster VFD.
• Upper Lancaster VFD - Raffle Golf Cart.
• Chesapeake Bank.
• NHS Band.
• NN Shrine Club - 2 John Deer Gators.
• MD Associates.
• Rappahannock Civic Club, Inc..
• River Counties American Red Cross.
• Tides Inn.
• Two Rivers Communications WKWI- WIGO.
• Union First Market Bank.
• U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
• Xtreme Power Sports.
• Home Crafters.
• Home Town Rentals.
• Shops at Burgess (General Store & Wildest Dreams Boutique Salon)
• White Stone VFD.
• Visiting Angels.
• Coan Baptist Church Youth.
• Wheaton Point Farms.
• Rappahannock Community College.
• Macy Causey-Race Car.
• Callao Ruritans - Tractors.
• Kilmarnock VFD Pumper Truck Engine #16.
• LHS Air Force ROTC.
• LHS Red Devils Marching Band.
• Kilmarnock/Lancaster VRS - Crash Truck.
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