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12/7/2017 4:53:00 PM
Crouse Christmas Parade Has Room To Grow
Santa Claus and members of the Crouse Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Teresa Trevino Schick)
Santa Claus and members of the 
Crouse Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Teresa Trevino Schick)
95-year-old Grady Ramsey of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church(Photo Courtesy of Mona Ramsey)
95-year-old Grady Ramsey of
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

(Photo Courtesy of Mona Ramsey)

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A truck from Auton Trucking Company
with the owner's granddaughter and
a friend ready to be in the parade!

(Photo Courtesy of Mona Ramsey)

Lincoln Herald Staff

CROUSE, N.C. – The small southern community of Crouse is everything we love about a small place. On Saturday, December 2 the Fourth Annual Crouse Christmas Parade was held on what consider the Main Street (Old Highway 150) in Crouse.

A parade is a celebration that just captures the heart of a small community where they can cheer for their favorite car collector’s dream, floats, tractors, for 95-year-old Grady Ramsey of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church (their oldest member) riding in the parade for his third time or the first time for the Toys for Tots entry.

Many go to parades that last for hours, to see big floats that inspire oohs and aahs but in a place like Crouse the entries in the parade included several fire departments from the area, the West Lincoln Navy JROTC, decorated golf carts, classic vehicles, tractors, Auton Trucking, the Sons of Confederate Veterans from Lincolnton, a mini-wedding chapel, Crouse History Group & Photo Project, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church oldest member, Toys for Tots, and the Crouse Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary with Santa and Mrs. Claus aboard, plus more.

Here you are at a parade to applaud your family, neighbors and friends who have gathered for a short time on a sunny afternoon to have some fun and wish everyone a Merry Christmas as they travelled the parade route from the parking lot at Crouse United Methodist Church to Pleasant Grove Church Road, then west on Old Highway 150 “Downtown Crouse” to the end of that road. This was a shortened route this year.

If you ever hear of a small town parade you won’t regret going to it. Be inspired to join in, march, dance, sing, or just watch. Everyone has a different reaction but there is something special about the experience. For at least a day you’ll feel like you have been a part of small town Americana. We can’t wait now for the Fourth of July Parade in Crouse! For information about the July parade contact Mona Ramsey, Crouse Community History & Photo Project, at 704-736-1440.

There were not as many entries in the Fourth Annual Crouse Christmas Parade this year as previous years due to other communities having their parades at the same time.

It has been suggested that maybe the organizers of the parade, the Crouse Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, might want to look at moving the parade to a time later in the day next year so more county officials, beauty queens and bands can be there. And remember the parade is held rain or shine, thankfully this year the day had more shine than rain like the first parade had.

The parade might have been small but there is always the possibility for growth each year and everyone would like to see it grow. For comments, information or questions concerning the Christmas Parade please contact the Crouse Fire Department at 704-735-2247.

Check out this link for photos on Facebook of the Crouse Christmas Parade from this year and previous years by CLICKING HERE

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