Indian Land’s 1st Christmas parade Dec. 8

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By Emily Pollok

The holiday season is getting into full swing this weekend, when Indian Land will debut its new festive tradition with the first Indian Land Christmas parade.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful,” said Melvin Stroble Sr., chairman of the nonprofit Indian Land Christmas Parade Organization.
The festivities will start earlier in the day in the cafeteria at Indian Land Middle School, with Whoville Story Time presented by Publix.
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. at the cafeteria and Story Time with the Grinch begins at 11:30 a.m. Guests can also look forward to meeting Cindy Lou Who, the Cat in the Hat and Thing 1 and Thing 2, who will be entertaining kids throughout the morning.
There will be opportunities to take photos with your favorite characters following Story Time, and face-painters and balloon twisters will also be on site.
Seating is limited to the first 60 kids and registration is required. Admission is $5 per child. To sign up, visit www.ilcpo.org.
For those who have worked up an appetite over the morning, food truck vendors will be selling hot cocoa, coffee and food in the IL Middle School staff parking lot, and at 1:30 p.m. the Indian Land High School choir will perform on stage.
The parade will begin at 3 p.m. at the intersection of Little River and River roads, before turning onto the service road that runs behind Indian Land High and Middle schools, and ending behind IL Elementary.
Over 65 participants will take part in the parade, including vehicles, walkers, dance teams and horses.
“We’re really, really excited that the community and surrounding areas have reached out to us and want to be a part of this inaugural event,” Stroble said.
The theme for the parade is “A Christmas Wish” and will feature a variety of exciting elements, including stilt walkers, jugglers, elves, a Christmas tree mascot and the Indian Land High School Marching Band. The hour-long parade will end with Santa in a horse-drawn carriage.
Parking is available in the school parking lots and at Publix.
Murdock Orthodontics is the parade’s title sponsor. Other sponsors are Active Waste Solutions, the Blake at Edgewater, Burns Ford, Comporium, CompuCom, Famous Toastery, Founders Federal Credit Union, Lancaster Motor Company, Novant Health, Publix and Redstone Family Vision.

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