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Greencastle parade a crowd-pleaser

November 23, 2003|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

bonnieb@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE - Children, adults, dogs, and babies lined the streets and crowded into the square of downtown Greencastle for the town's annual Christmas parade Saturday morning.

Led by Honorary Grand Marshall Kayleigh Smith, 77 groups wound through town for about an hour. Smith won a drawing held by radio station 92.1 FM for Greeencastle-area children ages 5 through 10, according to A. J. Silver, morning radio personality who announced the parade from a platform in the square.

Silver was assisted by Greencastle native Julie Simmons, who took time out from her wedding preparations to announce for the parade; she got married later in the day.

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Some people sat in lawn chairs and had blankets over their legs; a few wore shorts and T-shirts on the unusually sunny and warm day.

Wanda Mellott of Greencastle attended with friends and family members. Four of the children, Seth, Nathan, Kelsey, Mary were well-prepared with a blanket to sit on, and books and Santa hats as well as plastic bags to collect candy thrown by the marchers.

Sitting behind them and not seeming to pay much attention to the floats passing in front of them were two-month old twins Cameron and Logan Mellott.

High school marching bands from Clear Spring, Md.; James Buchanan High School, Mercersburg; and Greencastle-Antrim, Southern Fulton, McConnellsburg, and Waynesboro High Schools entertained the crowd with Christmas music.

Vintage Corvettes, Ronald McDonald holding an American flag, three snowplows, two white stretch limos, antique cars and trucks, lots of motorcycles, and an antique Farmall tractor pulling a lighthouse for the Pioneer Club were some of the more unusual participants.

American Legion marchers carried a large flag, to applause from the crowd.

The Greencastle-Antrim High School Marching Band, led by drum major Alison Ervin and assistant drum major Brandon Tresler, marched through the square to applause. The band earned the title of Pennsylvania State Champions on Nov. 1.

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