HAMLET — Main Street in Hamlet is typically fairly quiet, but Thursday afternoon it was packed with screaming children demanding candy Thursday afternoon.
Christmas sweets normally include gingerbread men and soft peppermints, but children wanted candied apples and cotton candy and candy in general from the floats that passed by as the Hamlet Rotary Club put on its annual Richmond County Christmas Parade.
The Wolf pack cheerleaders were busy getting in the spirit before the parade decorating the Christmas tree on their trailer while singing “Jingle Bells.”
The best part of the parade is the candy — at least Selena Tran, 11, of Rockingham, thought so. Evelyn Dumas and her granddaughter, Celeste Dawkins, 7, were busy asking for candy as the floats passed by. Members of Cub Scout Pack 49 of Rockingham was really generous with their candy throwing.
Mabry’s Drug Store youth football team teamed up with Cascades to be able to throw out toilet tissue and paper towel products to the crowd. Linda Starbird, of Rockingham, thought the toilet paper giveaway was funny. Devin Register, 9, and Devon Martin, 12, both of Rockingham, also thought the paper towels were fun and enjoyed fighting with them.
Drew Gause, 4, and Landon Dunn, 6, both of Hamlet, just had to have a toy horn to make noise with during the parade. Unlike Xavier Locklear, 4, of Rockingham who kept his hands over his ears because of the horns and sirens coming from the parade.
Santa Claus was escorted through the parade by a Hamlet police officer. Santa Claus then jumped in a beautiful classic car, and ended in his sleigh with his favorite reindeer on top of the Sandhills Regional Medical Center float.
Overall, the best seat could have been from a folding chair on the lawn of First Presbyterian Church in Hamlet off of Rice Street with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate. Marshmallows optional.