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Christmas parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Martinsville Henry County Christmas Parade will ring in the holidays on Saturday.

This year’s theme is “A Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas.” The parade will begin at 5 p.m. in uptown Martinsville.

Around 130 entries will pass through the uptown area and follow the same route as in years past, according to Jeanne Lawson, president of the Martinsville Henry County Christmas Parade Association.

Entries are welcome to do a float fitting the “Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas” theme, although it is not required.

The entries will include “everything from horses, churches, Macaroni Kid, antique cars, beauty queens, marching bands and, of course, Santa,” Lawson said.

The grand marshals of the parade will be members of The Rogues and The Generals, two celebrated local bands that formed in the 1960s.

Representing The Rogues will be Jim Stone, Pat Haley, Mark Anthony, Wayne Lovell and Nelson Edwards. The Generals will be represented by Ron Ashworth and Fairy Ashworth Coleman.

The parade will end with Santa Claus riding a professional float sponsored by the city of Martinsville.

The parade will begin at the corner of Church and Clay streets. It will turn right onto Clay, left onto Main, right onto Bridge, left onto Fayette, left onto Moss and left onto Church, where it will end at the intersection with Ellsworth Street.

“We are hoping to have very nice weather,” Lawson said. “I understand there is a chance of rain, but hopefully that will hold off” until after the parade.

Just in case, a rain date is set for at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Following is the numeric lineup for the parade (some spaces are left blank for late entries):

1. Martinsville Police

2. Martinsville Sheriff’s Office motorcycles

3. Magna Vista High School Marching Band

4. Martinsville Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard

5. Henry County Emergency Services Honor Guard

6. Martinsville Fire and EMS Honor Guard

7. Martinsville Police Department Honor Guard

8. Henry County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard

9. American Legion Homer Dillard Post 78

10. American Legion Homer Dillard Post 78 Ladies Auxiliary

11. Grand marshals — The Rogues and The Generals

12. Ninth District U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith

13. Del. Don Merricks

14. Del. Charles Poindexter

15. Henry County Board of Supervisors Milton Kendall and Joe Bryant

16. Martinsville City Council

17. Henry County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Lane Perry

18. Martinsville Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Steve Draper

19. Martinsville Police Department and Chief Mike Rogers

20. Virginia State Police

21. Triangle Electric Corp.

22. Sons of Confederate Veterans Stuart Hairston Camp 515

23. Landmark Church

24. Big Bird’s Big Twins Christmas 20th Annual Toy Run for Christmas Cheer

25. Hopkins Performance 1977 Chevrolet pickup

26. Girl Scout Troop 943 Collinsville

27. Axton Volunteer Fire Department

28. Axton Lifesaving Crew

29. Magna Vista High School JROTC

30. Magna Vista High School cheerleaders

31. Magna Vista High School Homecoming Queen Fadre Dillard and King Keon Mabin

32. Magna Vista High School Homecoming Princess Gabby Eggleston and Prince Bryce Hankins

33. Laurel Park Red Cheerleading Squad

34. Hugo’s Food Sports and Spirits

35. Marine Corps League Toys for Tots

36. First United Methodist Church of Martinsville “Our King Rocks”

37. Gary Cardwell 1956 F100 Ford pickup

38. Girl Scout Troop 388 Bassett

39. Minds In Motion Team XXL

40. Hill Court and Hill Chiropractic — professional float

41. WAKG FM 103.3 “Today’s Hot Country and Cool Classics”

42. R&D Automotive

43. Patrick Henry Community College Athletics

44. KuWat Temple Shriners No. 126

45. Daughters of ISIS KuWat Court No. 169

46. GSI Commerce/eBay

47. Ridgeway District Volunteer Fire Department

48. Campbell’s Towing

49. Cub Scout Pack 166 of Collinsville

50. Harvey Napper and Friends 1968 Camaro driven by Harvey Napper

51. Harvey Napper and Friends 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle driven by Alvin King

52. Fieldale Collinsville Rescue Squad

53. Divine Faith Holiness Church

54. Golden Living Center

55. Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance

56. Bassett High School Marching Band

57. Bassett High School cheerleaders

58. Bassett Volunteer Fire Department

59. Girl Scout Troop 387 Ridgeway

60. Angler’s Choice

61. Fieldale Volunteer Fire Department

62. FC/HCPR Royal Blue and White Cheer Squad

63. Martinsville Henry County Men’s Rountable Club

64. Christmas Ponies

65. Lil Mz Moms and More Aaliyah Smith

66. Calvary Christian Church Youth Group

67. Elite Stangs Car Club

68. PrivaCare

69. Yesteryear in Motion

70. Martinsville and Henry County Lions Club

71. Martinsville Glass

72. Clearview Wesleyan Church

73. Druid Hills Youth Bowlers

74. Cub Scout Pack 178 of Axton

75. Carlisle School

76. Candy Board Inc. — 1953 International Rat Rod

77. Piedmont T’s

78. Martinsville Electric Department bucket truck

79. Martinsville Electric Department line truck

80. Chamber of Commerce — professional float

81. First Baptist Church of Collinsville

82. Collinsville Volunteer Fire Department

83. Linda and Speedy Thomas golf cart — 1932 Ford pickup

84. National Association of Black Engineers Ms. NSBE Kiarra Price

85. Century Link

86. Cub Scout Pack 168 of Ridgeway

87. New Vision Ministries of Praise

88. Virginia Angels Baseball 10 Under

89. Blue Ridge Village

90. Christian View Baptist Church

91. Virginia Department of Forestry

92. Star City Mustang and Ford Club

93. Girls Scout Troops 1345/982/913 of Bassett

94. Monogram Snacks

95. Martinsville Fire and EMS

96. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

97. Chick-fil-A

98. Girl Scout Troop 55

99. Chef Paul (Farrar)

100. Martinsville Transportation Safety Commission

101. Faith Tabernacle L.D.P.H. Church

102. Martinsville Mustangs

103. Hillcrest Baptist Church

104. Harry Hairston, 1951 Chevrolet truck

105. Martinsville Middle School Beta Club

106. Kionna Faith Mills, Ultimate Miss Franklin County

107. Harbour’s Garage

108. Cub Scout Pack 63

109. Robert Vaughn, 1964 Plymouth Sport Fury

110. Greater Youth for Christ Apostolic Church

111. Hazel Duncan, 1969 VW

112. Sheetz

113. Hannah Mitchell, Little Miss Danville Petite

114. Fieldale Collinsville Cavalier Purple Cheerleaders

115. Skyline Tree Service

116. Martinsville Henry County NAACP 7089 Mr. and Miss Freedom and Mr. and Ms. NAACP

117. Martinsville Macaroni Kid

118. Henry County Stix Baseball Team State Champions and World Series

119. Silent Servants of Valley Drive Baptist Church

120. Therapy Direct




124. Martinsville High School Future Business Leaders of America

125. Martinsville High School cheerleaders

126. Martinsville High School Homecoming Queen LaVonne’ King and King James Strawn

127. Martinsville High School Homecoming Princess and Prince

128. Martinsville High School Marching Band

129. City of Martinsville — professional float with Santa Claus


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