Cayce-West Cola set Saturday for ‘Parade of Lights’

The Cayce-West Columbia Holiday Parade of Lights is one of the most-anticipated events of the season.


Photos by Terry Ward

The nighttime parade features lighted units that glow down 12 Street through West Columbia and Cayce.

The number of parade entries reached capacity quickly this year.

“We got more than the limit of 100-plus entries earlier this year than ever before,” said Gregg Pinner, president and CEO of the Greater Cayce-West Columbia Chamber of Commerce, the sponsor of the parade.

The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and will start on the corner of 12th and Meeting Street in West Columbia. The procession moves down 12th Street into Cayce and ends at the City of Cayce’s Municipal Complex.

parade-cwcIt is the only after-dark parade in the Midlands and draws rows of spectators who sip hot chocolate distributed by various community groups.

Pinner said crowds have been estimated to number between 15-to-20,000.

Aside from the parade, there have been other events surrounding the holiday season in Cayce and West Columbia.

The City of West Columbia held its 12th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on December 2, at the West Columbia Municipal Complex.

West Columbia Mayor Bobby Horton read a Christmas greeting to all. Lexington DistrictTwo students read Christmas essays, and student art from London Huffman was featured on the tree lighting ceremony program. The program also included Christmas carols, greetings and the lighting of the West Columbia Christmas Tree.

Student choirs from Pineview Elementary School and Brookland-Cayce High School performed holiday classics, as well as the River Bluff High School Steel Drum Band.

Meantime, Cayce held its 39th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1 at the Municipal Complex on 12th Street.

The ceremony was sponsored by The Woman’s Club of Cayce. Students from the Lexington Two schools of Davis Early Childhood Center for Technology, Taylor Elementary, Busbee Creative Arts Academy, and Brookland-Cayce High School performed songs and played music.

Lexington Two Superintendent Bill James spoke, along with other officials and dignitaries including Cayce Mayor Elise Partin.

Proceeds from the sale of lights for the tree, in the amount of $1,000, was given to God’s Helping Hands. The Woman’s Club is also sponsoringd the Cayce Cares food drive and collected non-perishable food items for God’s Helping Hands.
Aside from the Christmas tree, the grounds of the Municipal Complex were lighted.

The Town of Springdale held its tree lighting December 5.

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