Sylva’s annual Christmas parade welcomed the holiday season last Saturday with festive music, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus.
“I was thrilled with the outcome,” said Paige Roberson, Main Street’s Economic Development Director. “We had an outstanding turnout of community members and citizens. The people who came really demonstrated the spirit of our community.”
Sylva’s newest trio, SCC’s new President, Dr. Don Tomas; WCU’s new Chancellor, Dr. David Belcher; and Jackson County school’s new Superintendent, Mike Murray, were all honored as the parade’s Grand Marshals.
Floats were judged before the parade began based on theme, artistic talent, and creative ability and prizes were given out accordingly. This year's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were Lions Gate Kung Fu, Skyland Care Center and Jackson County’s Relay for Life, respectively.
Local filmmaker Jesse Romine filmed this year’s parade. “I decided to do this video so people can enjoy the spirit of Christmas. I didn’t want the video to be advertising heavy or any of that cooperate holiday stuff,” said Romine. “Christmas is a time to get together with the people you love and to enjoy life in the moment. I think that the hosts Bill Buscemi and Heather Hyatt really sell the idea of enjoying the moment!”
The video can be seen at www.vimeo.com/33481824.