Christmas parades through Vincent

Santa Claus and his candy-tossing helpers wave at Vincent residents during the town's annual Christmas parade Dec. 8. (Reporter photo/Christine Boatwright)

By CHRISTINE BOATWRIGHT / Staff Writer

VINCENT – Vincent residents crowded around the town’s main street on a chilly December 8th evening to celebrate the town’s annual Christmas parade.

The town’s police force and fire department kicked off the parade, and Santa Claus rode in on his sleigh to conclude the celebration.

Calvary Baptist Church took home the first place trophy for its creative float, and Tiffeny Dance Studio of Harpersville was awarded second place for its float, which was complete with dancing ballerinas. Miss Merry Christmas, Anna Marie Jackson, came in third place.

Vincent Town Clerk Joy Marler said Santa Claus deserved a trophy of his own.

“Santa’s sleigh was beautiful,” Marler said. “We wanted him to be first place, but with him being Santa Claus, we didn’t dare give it to Santa.

“Our Santa had a real beard,” she added, laughing. “My granddaughter said he was awesome and ‘I think he’s the real Santa.’”