Children deluged with candy and toys at Church Hill Christmas parade

Jeff Bobo • Dec 7, 2019 at 8:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Any child who didn’t come out of the Church Hill Christmas parade Saturday with at least three toys and a Walmart bag full of candy must have fallen asleep in the car.

For nearly an hour, spectators along Main Boulevard were flooded with candy thrown from passing floats and vehicles by the fistful and sometimes by the bucket.

And it wasn’t just candy canes, peppermints and butterscotch hard candy.

Someone either broke open the piggy bank or robbed a couple of Walmart candy sections because they had the good stuff. Snickers, M&Ms, Dots, Milky Way, Twix, Three Musketeers, and Reece’s Cups were the norm, not the exception.

And let’s not forget the toys. One little boy standing beside a Times News reporter during the parade walked away with at least a half-dozen balls, a set of action figures, some cars and boats, and a red stuffed elephant. 

The grand marshals were Church Hill Senior Center state Brain Game runners-up the Golden Nuggets, consisting of team members Evelyn Shrout, Vera Spradlin, Anna Long and alternate Carol Hunt, who rode in style in a convertible.

There was Christmas music by the Volunteer High School marching band on the front end, and when you heard the loud sirens of the approaching fire, rescue and EMS vehicles, you knew the big man wasn’t far behind.

Santa and Mrs. Claus closed out the parade, riding in style in a basket on the front of a Church Hill Fire Department fire truck.

At the conclusion of the event, the jolly couple visited the Church Hill Nursing Home, where they distributed candy and holiday cheer to residents who weren’t able to attend the parade.