The annual Boykin Christmas parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. The parade, known for its out of the ordinary and quirky floats, began 22 years ago. "I said, ‘One of these years we should have a Christmas parade.’ Bill Bundy said why not this year? This was at the Swift Creek Church at a community meeting," parade organizer Alice Boykin said. A Gospel Concert will follow the parade and will feature local church choirs from Broomhill, St. Stephen’s and other churches.
Along with many other floats, this year’s parade will feature the Collard Queen, Grits Queen and Fatback Queen on a float organized by Nancy Tidwell. George and Sue Sensor will serve as Grand Marshalls of the parade. Of course, Santa Claus will make an appearance: however, his mode of transportation will be a surprise. "Santa Claus has come in on an ox and has parachuted in. It is always a surprise what Santa Claus’ ride will be," Parade organizer Wayne Belger said.
Food will be available from The Grill, the Boykin Mill restaurant and local churches will have pies and cakes for sale. For more information about the parade, visit www.theboykinchristmasparade.com. Float entries are still being accepted. Parade goers should get to the parade by noon as Highway 261, Boykin Mill Road and Swift Creek Road will close at 1 p.m.
"It’s fun, loads of old fashioned fun," Belger said.