Tuesday, December 1, 2020
(Photos by Del Barajas of Barajas.company)
Little faces lit up while "Cruising Thru Christmas - Belmont Style"
When it comes to a Christmas parade, the faces of children light up just the same whether the parade is traditional or one adapted to prevent the spread of a deadly virus during a global pandemic.
Many Gaston County parades were cancelled this year because of the coronavirus. But Belmont chose to stage a reverse parade, which was called “Cruise Thru Christmas – Belmont Style.” That meant all of the parade entries including about a dozen professionally decorated floats, the Santa Claus float included, were parked along Main Street on the afternoon of December 1.
Hundreds of cars, trucks and golf carts, most loaded with excited children, paraded down the opposite side of the street. The children laughed and cheered and waved just as they always have in other years when sitting on the curb eating cotton candy or huddled among the crowd on the sidewalk as the parade rolled by.
It was a refreshing reminder how adaptable children are. And big smiles on their faces proved the grown-ups enjoyed it, too.
(The Chamber coordinated the parade for the City of Belmont.)