Rescheduled parades to celebrate spirit of Christmas this weekend

 Rescheduled parades to celebrate spirit of Christmas this weekend
Several Christmas parades are scheduled over the weekend. (Source: Live 5/File) (Phillips, Patrick)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Christmas parades across the Lowcountry this weekend will help people celebrate the season.

Cottageville

The Cottageville Christmas parade is set for Saturday at 5:30 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, but was rescheduled because of the threat of severe weather.

Prior to the parade, the Cottageville Library is hosting a homemade Christmas cookie and candy exchange at 3 p.m. People can exchange a dozen cookies or pieces of candy for another dozen of a different variety. Participants are asked to package their cookies and candy by the dozen and attach your name and recipe.

Summerville

The Summerville Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m. Its original date was set for one week earlier, but the event was postponed because of bad weather.

The parade route includes West 4th North Street, Main Street, West Richardson Avenue, and Hicory Street. A food truck rodeo is planned for Little Main Street along Hutchinson Square, according to the parade’s website.

Traditionally, the parade is one of the largest in the state, featuring nearly 3,000 participants with some 25,000 spectators.

Charleston

The city of Charleston’s annual Holiday Parade will take place Sunday at 3 p.m. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, but was rescheduled because of the threat of severe weather.

The planned route shifted to Meeting Street, and shops on King Street, Meeting Street, and businesses throughout the area will be open throughout the parade, city spokesman Jack O’Toole said.

The parade will begin on Broad Street near Colonial Lake and will continue up Broad Street to Meeting Street, where it will turn and travel north on Meeting Street before dispersing on Calhoun Street near Marion Square.

The following road closures will be in effect during the event:

• Lockwood Boulevard between Montagu Street and Broad Street will begin to close at 12:30 p.m.

• Broad Street between Lockwood Boulevard & Rutledge Avenue will begin to close at 12:30 p.m.

• Broad Street (between Rutledge Avenue and Meeting Street), Meeting Street (between Broad and Calhoun Streets), Calhoun Street (between Meeting and East Bay Streets) & adjacent streets will begin to close at 2:00 p.m.

To ensure pedestrian, vehicular, and equipment safety, as well as emergency vehicle access during the parade, parking along the route, including Broad Street, will be prohibited on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Towing will be enforced during this time.

Walterboro

The Rock In the Holidays Walterboro Christmas Parade is scheduled for Sunday at 6 p.m.

Its path includes a beginning and ending at Hampton Street, East Washington Street, Neyle Street and North Miller Street.

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