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Downtown Charleston Christmas Parade (photos)

Chris Dorst
Santa Claus waves to the numerous spectators lined up on Court Street near the Charleston Town Center Mall who were waiting for his annual appearance in the Downtown Charleston Christmas Parade. This year, Girl Scout Troop #8371 won first place in the nonprofit group for their float in the parade float competition sponsored by the Charleston Town Center. Elk Valley Shamrocks 4-H Club took home second place and the Salvation Army Kettle Drive was named honorable mention. In the commercial division, C&H Taxi and Captain Cab took home first place. In second place was the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort while Goldman and Associates was named honorable mention. First place winners win lunch for eight at Tidewater Grill.
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The Charleston Newspapers truck was decorated like a Christmas train locomotive in the annual Christmas Parade.
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Dressed as a Christmas tree, Mike Farmer of the Salvation Army rides a skateboard in the parade with help from the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
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Captain Cab won first place in the Commercial division for the C & H float in the Downtown Charleston Christmas Parade Float Competition.
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Girls Scouts Carlee McGraw, left, and Chloe Painter, of Troop #8371 wave from their float in the Christmas Parade on Saturday. The troop won first place in the nonprofit category.
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The Elkview Middle School drum line marched the streets of Charleston with Santa hats during the Downtown Charleston Christmas Parade.
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