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News Community Sylva’s annual Christmas Parade ‘A Winter Wonderland’

Sylva’s annual Christmas parade welcomed the holiday season last Saturday with festive music, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus.

“I was thrilled with the outcome,” said Paige Roberson, Main Street’s Economic Development Director. “We had an outstanding turnout of community members and citizens. The people who came really demonstrated the spirit of our community.”

Sylva’s newest trio, SCC’s new President, Dr. Don Tomas; WCU’s new Chancellor, Dr. David Belcher; and Jackson County school’s new Superintendent, Mike Murray, were all honored as the parade’s Grand Marshals.

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WCU’s always fashionable mascot, Paws, sporting his “Santa Paws” outfit.Floats were judged before the parade began based on theme, artistic talent, and creative ability and prizes were given out accordingly. This year's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners were Lions Gate Kung Fu, Skyland Care Center and Jackson County’s Relay for Life, respectively.

Local filmmaker Jesse Romine filmed this year’s parade. “I decided to do this video so people can enjoy the spirit of Christmas. I didn’t want the video to be advertising heavy or any of that cooperate holiday stuff,” said Romine. “Christmas is a time to get together with the people you love and to enjoy life in the moment. I think that the hosts Bill Buscemi and Heather Hyatt really sell the idea of enjoying the moment!”

The video can be seen at www.vimeo.com/33481824.The older members of Triple Threat Performing Arts Academy entertained the crowd with dance numbers choreographed to favorite holiday tunes.The Lions Gate Kung Fu float took home the second place prize. Floats were judged on creativity, artistic ability and overall theme incorporation.No holiday parade is complete without the Jolly Old Elf himself, Santa!This holiday season is extra special. President Obama promises all troops in Iraq will be home for Christmas.The Balsam Mountain Roller Derby Girls skated through the crowd giving out candy.Lauren Schieffelin attended the parade with her boyfriend TJ Carter and his four-year-olddaughter, Addison.The newly crowned Miss Cherokee 2011, Kristina Hyatt, waved to the crowd.The Grove Church of Bryson City rocked out with a full band and were dressed like characters from Charlie Brown.


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