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Festive parade delights crowd

November 22, 1998|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - If Dylan Schaeffer learned anything Saturday, it's that it is more fun to be in a parade than to watch one.

The 7-year-old Greencastle Elementary School pupil was on Main Street in Waynesboro on Saturday afternoon as the 42nd annual Christmas Parade passed by. He was watching it with his aunt and uncle, Beverly and Wilbur Haugh.

On Saturday morning, he was marching in Greencastle's Christmas parade as a member of his school's wrestling team. "It was a lot more fun than this," Schaeffer said.

In Waynesboro, nearly 60 marching units, floats and vehicles passed the reviewing stand in the Public Square. Each got a moment of recognition from parade emcee Stacy Drake, Star 92.1 Radio personality.

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It was easy to find Christmas in the moving display.

Girl Scouts, Brownies, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts marched by in several different living representations of the Nativity scene and of Santa's reindeer and sleigh.

Area school bands in the parade included the Forbes Road Cardinal Junior/Senior Band and McConnellsburg Junior/Senior Spartan Band, both from Fulton County, Pa., and the James Buchanan High School Rocket Band from Mercersburg, Pa., and the Clear Spring High School Blazer Band.

The Waynesboro Area Senior High School Band played its role as host band by decorating its instruments. Its tubas were candy-striped, its clarinets and flutes were gift-wrapped and garland hung off the rest as the unit marched by.

The Wayne Band, a 109-year-old Waynesboro community band, kept up its tradition of marching in the annual Christmas parade.

The award-winning Revengers Majorette and Drum Corps from Martinsburg, W.Va., were there as were the Buffalo Soldiers unit from Vision Quest in South Mountain.

Waynesboro Mayor Louis Barlup and Delegate Patrick Fleagle, R-90th, marched up front behind the local Army National Guard's Humvee. The two pols waved to the crowds, sometimes standing two and three deep, on both sides of Main Street.

The parade started at Cumberland Valley Road and ended at Virginia Avenue.

Katherine Naugle, of Quincy, Pa., had her usual gaggle of grandchildren out for the parade. The clan was bundled up and sitting on the hood of her red Buick across Main Street from the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library.

Heidi, 9, her oldest grandchild there, has been coming to the parade with her grandmother since she was 6 months old.

"This year, I got five of them with me," Naugle said.

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