2017-12-11 / Front Page

Christmas on Limestone-goers met with snow, rain and sleet

Ledger Staff Writer

Christmas on Limestone and the City of Gaffney’s nighttime Christmas parade went forward Friday evening amid rain, sleet and snow, proving the Christmas spirit can overcome bad weather — at least up to a certain point.

The annual event was ultimately cut short with officials deciding to wrap up events at about 7:30 p.m., allowing police to go forward with removing barricades and reopening North Limestone Street to traffic.

For a while, however, hot chocolate from Davis Amusements and hot soup being served at the Capri on Main were hot sellers for the few intrepid souls that came out Friday evening.

The parade lasted about 10 minutes. The Cherokee County Sheriff ’s Office massive Mine- Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored personnel carrier was situated near the front of the parade, towing behind it a large inflatable Grinch.

Several school marching bands canceled appearances, but there was still some school involvement. Members of the Gaffney High School fishing team decorated their trailered boats with Christmas lights for the parade, and students from Limestone Central Elementary sang their hearts out performing Christmas tunes on a stage that was moved inside the Gaffney Fire Department’s engine bay.

A rain date had been announced in advance for the event but a decision was made midday Friday for Christmas on Limestone and the parade to continue as planned. Opinions on that decision were decidedly mixed, based on online reactions.

Matthew McDonald, a former business owner in the downtown who has been volunteering to serve as the top-hatted Town Crier for years, rang his bell with gusto while greeting people and announcing it was time to light the city Christmas tree.

He offered thanks to those who came out.

“We appreciate it,” he said. “We want you to enjoy yourself. There are so many wonderful things to do in Gaffney.”

Martin Ramsey, 6, was chosen to help Mayor Henry Jolly flip the switch on the city Christmas tree.

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