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Warsaw welcomes in holiday season with a festive parade

Posted on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:30 am

Free hot chocolate and a gift of a book were just two of the highlights of the Warsaw Richmond County holiday season kick-off festivities held on the Rappahannock Community College campus grounds on Sunday, December 6.  Santa flew in via helicopter to greet an excited crowd of children.  Santa had a special tent set up to visit with each child present and listen to their Christmas wishes.

“Although I visit all children over the world, I have a special fondness for the children in the Northern Neck,” Santa said.  “I’ve been taking time out of my busy schedule for the past 54 years to make sure I can meet as many as possible before Christmas Eve.”

The Grand Marshals of the parade were the Hon. Gordon Wilkins, Wayne Emery, Esq.,Dougie Bryant, Rosa Forrester and Edith Anne Sanders.  These citizens all served in Richmond County in the justice or law enforcement system and have either retired or will be retired in the near future.The Warsaw-Richmond County Main Street Program (WRCMSP) has sponsored this annual parade for five years.  Chairperson Pat Pugh said that over 30 entries were marching in the parade.

“This year we have seven categories in the parade,” Pugh said. “We decided to turn the parade around and run it from the RCC campus to the parking lot of Tractor Supply this year,” Pugh said.  “It will give a better flow for the traffic that still travels through town during the parade and hopefully give our law enforcement officers an easier time directing traffic at the light at the end of Main Street …

Read more in the December 9 edition of the Northern Neck News.