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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lowrys Christmas Parade 2015

On Saturday, December 19th, I once again took part in the 34th Annual Town of Lowrys Christmas Parade.
Every December, the Lowrys Christmas Parade attracts well over 10 - 15,000 people to the small rural farming community of around 250 people along US Route 321 right on the northern border of Chester County. It is considered one of the largest Christmas parades in upstate South Carolina. 

This parade is unique because, unlike many small town parades, the Lowrys Christmas Parade does not include the use of cars or trucks. The parade is made up entirely of homemade floats and wagons pulled by tractors and horses. 

Just like last year, I took part in the parade as a participant with members of the Brigadier General Micah Jenkins Camp #1569 Sons of Confederate Veterans from Rock Hill, South Carolina and members of the 6th South Carolina Volunteer Regiment reenactors. 

Unlike last year, this year I knew I would be taking part ahead of time and attended in my Confederate uniform. The parade was even bigger than last year, with the good weather and sunshine a major factor in attendance. People began lining up for good viewing along the parade route about sunrise that morning. Heaters, portable fire pits, grills, coolers, ect. always give the parade a sort of tailgate party feel. 

Once again I am pleased to inform all of y'all that the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the 6th Regiment, and the Chester County Historical Society's restored Confederate cannon were all very well received by the community. A few of those in attendance watching the parade even flew large Confederate battle flags along the parade route. We tossed out candy and handed out over 400 small battle flags - the latter of which were given out to children and teens who asked for them and were gone by the time the parade was halfway over. 

The following are the photos I took of the parade.

Once again I had a wonderful time, and look forward to next year.

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