Despite weather, low attendance, Laurel Hill Christmas parade draws several participants ( PHOTOS)


From left, Melissa Matthews, her 3-year-old son, Jeremiah, and Charlie Walsh, 6, catch candy from the city of Laurel Hill float as the Laurel Hill Christmas Parade travels down New Ebenezer Road on Saturday.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 06:08 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Despite the cloudy conditions and low attendance, the event organizers considered this year's third annual Laurel Hill Christmas parade to be successful.

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"We had about the same number of participants as we had the last two years," said Laurel Hill City Clerk Nita Miller. "I think the rainy weather played a factor in the low turnout."

Miller said she noticed the low turnout at the neighboring Florala, Ala., Christmas parade, which occurred later that afternoon.

Miller and several city employees dressed as Santa's elves and threw candy and bead necklaces to attendees. Also featured in the parade were several local fire departments, law enforcement agencies including the Florida Forest Service.

Even at the last minute, members from the nearby Hopewell United Methodist Church decided to participate.

"We contacted the city on Friday to see if it was alright, and they didn't have a problem with it," church member Janet Twitty said.

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