Event Spotlight: Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade - Greenville, SC
Whether you plan on staying for a week or a lifetime, Greenville, SC is a great place to put down roots. It's got great weather, tasty food, and of course, more Southern charm than you can shake a stick at. Even so, the true test of a town is its character and vitality. In short, a town in which the inhabitants are happy and to which "boredom" is a foreign term is the only kind of town worth living in. Luckily for residents both new and old, Greenville is full of just that sort of energy. In fact, it just so happens that one of Greenville's star attractions coincides with the coming of the holiday season: The annual Poinsettia Christmas Parade. The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade: What's It All About? If there's one thing the Christmas season brings out of people, it's their love of community and their sense of tradition. Just as individual families have their own cherished rites and rituals designed to usher in and celebrate the holiday season, so too does this South Carolina town. Every year, various groups, committees, and organizations continue the city's twenty year tradition of staging a nighttime parade through the main part of the city. There's always lots to see, including various floats - some of which can get quite elaborate - and of course, the big man himself, Santa Claus! It is, after all, a Christmas parade! The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade: The Fine Print Being the hospitable place that it is, this parade is open to anyone who meets the requirements. With that said, there are requirements, the most important of which are the registration deadline and a theme to be followed. Registration, as well as time and date for the parade itself, will be discussed at the closing of this article. First, though, is the issue of theme. Nearly all past Christmas parades were given a theme which, unsurprisingly enough, usually had something to do with the Christmas / holiday season. However, the longer this parade goes on, the more popular it becomes! People come to Greenville looking to buy a home or other property, perhaps to start a business or raise a family, and before you know it, they're a part of the community, almost as if they'd grown up there - and that's just the way Greenville likes it. With that attitude firmly in place, recent parades (2012---present) have been non-thematic. This has given a lot of people the chance to participate who may not have been able to otherwise. One notable example is a float from last year: A local cosplay / sci-fi enthusiast group entered a float based around and upon the 501st Legion, which Star Wars fans will recognize as the personal command of Darth Vader. One can only assume it had a few Christmas lights attached. Still, this just goes to show that the sentiment surrounding this festive time of year is full and expansive enough to accommodate all comers. As far as registration is concerned, the Greenville Special Events Committee usually sets a deadline in early November - this year's deadline was 8 November. Applications may be filled out and submitted in either paper or electronic format. Floats may be entered in multiple categories for a nominal fee. Additionally, marching bands, walking exhibitions, dance companies, and so forth are invited to participate (also at a cost). The date of the parade is 7 December, but the exact time is yet to be determined. According to the Special Events Coordinator, Will Young, the parade will continue to occupy its traditional evening / nighttime venue. The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade is a great way for new residents of the community to meet their neighbors and avoid the scourge of holiday homesickness. Just be careful - this parade has an addictive quality about it, and you may just get hooked! Written by Dan Hamilton on .