WAYNESBORO, Ga. - It was a sea of blue shirts and blue signs surrounding Liberty Street in downtown Waynesboro on Saturday.
The Jaycees Annual Christmas Parade was moved back a week because the Burke County Bears football team became state champions last Saturday at the Georgia Dome. The Bears were the grand marshals at the parade, wearing their championship T-shirts and riding on the bed of a semi.
“I’m just happy for these young men,” said Coach Eric Parker, who led the team in a golf cart, holding the state trophy. “They worked really hard. They are hometown heroes now. We’re here to celebrate.”
Jessica and Karen Delaigle were standing on the side of Liberty Street. They had been to Atlanta to cheer on Burke County a week ago and were happy to cheer them on again.
“This is a community thing,” Jessica Delaigle said. “We only missed one game this year while we were on a cruise. We are so proud of them.”
Three-year-old Logan Delaigle was the proud owner of a sign that said: “Wild about my bears.”
The parade was also a chance for some of Waynesboro’s dance teams to strut their stuff. Center Stage Dance Academy wore red and white flapper dresses as they pranced in unison to Christmas jingles.
The Waynesboro Shrine Club brought out their bumper go-carts dressed up with candy canes and teddy bears, and zipped around doing figure eights.
Many of the floats were giving out candy to the children, some of whom had come prepared with bags to take the sweets home.
“It’s like a second Halloween for them,” said Katherine Seymore, of Waynesboro. “For my kids, this parade equals candy and Santa. In that order.”
Santa brought up the rear in a fire truck, as usual, looking ready for his big night only a week away.