Prince George Parade entertains large crowd
By ADRIENNE WALLACE, Editor
Dec 6, 2017, 14:17
Sounds of the season echoed in the background, youngsters danced to the music and horses galloped through the streets.
It was a scene of colorful variety that curved through the streets of Prince George on Saturday as the annul parade took place starting of at L.L. Beazley Elementary School and rolling to Gregory Memorial Church.
Local residents clad in everything from short-sleeved T-shirts, Santa hats and some with comforters draped over their bodies sat on the sidelines crowding Courthouse Road to watch the Christmas spectacular.
Each year, judges who volunteer their time try to discern what float, truck or group took top billing this year.
From fire trucks to big rigs with Christian displays this years event had much to offer viewers.
Judges Floyd Brown, Sr., Betsy Drewry and Rachel Turner admitted they had a tough job this year as those who participated came out to impress.
Best Decorated - Kidco Academy
Best Decorated Public Service Vehicle - Carson Fire Department
Most Spirited/Themed - Cub Scout Pack #910
Judges Choice - Bengals Flag Football
Best Overall Entry - Oakland Baptist
Most Creative (3 way tie) - Big Red Fire Truck, Gotta Dance, Dance Craze.
Parks and Recreation Department Director Keith Rotzoll said 57 signed up for the parade.
That included several newcomers like: PG AA Coach Pitch Champion Pirates, Fort Lee Federal Credit Union, Bengals Flag Football Cheerleaders, PGHS Dance Team, Appomattox Library, You Got A Deal, Giants Flag Football Cheerleaders, PGHS Key Club, Kidco Academy
Hopewell Cruser and Prince George Western Riders.
“I think it went very smoothly,” Rotzoll said. “There were no big gaps in the Parade which tend to break up the flow. The entrants were very good!”
Planning for the parade doesn’t happen over night.
“We start with VDOT permitting in August and generally determine the Parade Marshal and theme in September,” Rotzoll noted. “All the paper work and promotion starts in October. Since everyone has done the Parade for many years it generally goes very smooth, everyone knowing their role. The Prince George Police do an exceptional job and are an integral component of a successful Parade.”