Santa Claus is coming to town

Tonia Stephenson Chamber Chat

October 30, 2013

When you think of Christmas parades, what is the first thing you think about? Many people, especially children, would say Santa Claus! Others may wonder who the Grand Marshall might be and some can’t wait to see the princesses. Car enthusiasts may think about all the hot rods and cool convertibles; horse lovers think of the beautiful horses. Some people might think fire trucks.

You know what I think about now when I think of the Christmas parade? Big Macs, french fries, McNuggets, Egg McMuffins, McRibs,Quarter Pounders — I think of McDonald’s. Why, you ask? McDonald’s is our major sponsor for the 2013 Christmas Parade.

I hope you will join us for the parade to see all of the things that make Christmas Parades special — including Santa Claus, who by the way is bringing Mrs. Claus with him this year, and a chance to see Ronald McDonald. The date to be there is Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. It will be a great day for Scotland County.

The parade is certainly a great time for everyone in the community to be a part of the fun. In case you are not familiar with the parade, we line up on Railroad Street and begin on Main Street with the help of our Laurinburg Police and Scotland County Sheriff. The lineup this year will include a very special Grand Marshall — the 2013 Laurinburg Optimist 12U All-Star Softball Team. These girls went on to play in the World Series and we are so proud of them and their accomplishments this year. In addition, Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen, Emili McPhail, will be a part of the parade, plus lots of other beautiful princesses, outstanding youth groups, fire stations, church groups, and more. You are sure to know many folks in the parade, so please plan to come out and join us that day to welcome in the Christmas season.

Have you signed up yet? If not, come by the Chamber and learn about the various options you have to promote your business in the parade. We have beautiful professional commercial floats and businesses can sponsor a full, half, or quarter float and have riders. Companies, organizations, or groups can decorate their own float if they prefer. Cars, trucks, and even golf carts are welcomed in our parade. All entries, though, must be signed up by Nov. 15. We’ll take reservations the following week, but the price will be doubled, so come on in and sign up. After Nov. 22, we’ll no longer be taking reservations and we do want everyone participating, so sign up early.

At the completion of our parade, have your Christmas shopping list ready and spend your dollars here in Scotland County — the person you help to employ by spending your money might be your next-door neighbor. When you get hungry from all the excitement, stop in at McDonald’s.

Tonia Stephenson is the president of the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.