Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Folly Beach Christmas Parade



Nicolas had last weekend off work, so we made plans for a fun-filled Christmas celebration on Saturday.  First on our agenda was the Folly Beach Christmas Parade and Craft Fair.  The parade started at 1pm, so after breakfast, we drove down to Nick’s apartment and picked him up.

We were expecting a small parade, probably not more than 15 –20 minutes long, and boy, were we wrong!  We were approaching Folly Beach around 12:45, and cars were already parked along both sides of the road before we even got across the bridge!

Walking across the bridge to Folly Beach

We found a spot to park the Jeep along the side of the road, and walked across the bridge towards town. 

We saw some guys harvesting oysters, and they had quite a catch!


Oyster Fishermen











As we continued into town, we were amazed by the number of people gathered on the sidewalks on both sides of the road!  We walked about halfway down Main Street, and found a spot on the shady side of the sidewalk to watch the parade from.  We had gotten there just in time, and the parade started within minutes.

Leading the Christmas Parade 

Folly Beach Mayor










The parade itself was a surprise, too, and lasted much longer than we expected! 

There was a marching band,

Marching Band





and several old vehicles.

Model T























There was also quite a variety of interesting vehicles and characters . . .














and the parade seemed to go on and on . . .


We were beginning to regret picking a spot on the shady side of the street, and tried to find a little patch of sunshine we could stand in!

This float reminded us of Danny!


Then there was the roller derby team . . .












As is usually the case with a parade, there were plenty of kids looking for candy . . . and plenty of people throwing it out to them!

These guys had shopping carts full of candy – good stuff – chocolate bars!  They were throwing it out by the handfuls!

Passing out candy











One poor guy made the mistake of stopping in front of a group of kids to hand out candy – and they mobbed him!


Over an hour after it started, the end of the parade had arrived . . .

reindeer and Santa!


Santa on the Fire Truck











Grinch and Cindy Lou


Looks like the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who hitched a ride with Santa!










The Christmas Parade was much more than we expected from the little seaside town of Folly Beach, and we really enjoyed it!  With the chilly temperatures, it even felt a little bit like Christmas!



We had a few hours to kill before the next event on our agenda, so we walked through the craft fair (now that was small!), and some of the little beach shops in town.


Tom found a new hat!





We had some dinner – Tom and Nick both had fish & chips (HUGE fish!) and I had a burger.  Yummy!

Tom's Giant Fish & Chips

Afterwards, we walked out on the river pier,

Walking out on the pier

Handsome Nicolas











and went to mass in a little church right in Folly Beach, and then made our way to our next Christmas Celebration . . . but that needs to be a separate blog post!


  1. Enjoying the celebrations of the season is always a great way to spend time together.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  2. What fun!! I think I know where you are headed next;-))


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