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Christmas Traditions: The Shallotte Christmas Parade

A look into the annual Christmas Parade that brings us together as a community to celebrate the upcoming holiday season.
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Photo by Jennifer Caison
Brunswick School of Dance poses as they await the start of the Shallotte Christmas Parade

Traditions are a way that we embrace the holiday spirit and connect with one another on an emotional and physical level. Businesses and community members alike all gather up and down Main Street, Shallotte to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with the annual Shallotte Christmas parade.

“It’s a huge community event,” said Chellie McDowell. “It is a tradition for a lot of families in this area as well. I can remember going as a little girl, it was like a show coming down the street. It’s definitely special and memorable, especially when you see all the floats, that’s what really catches everyone’s eyes.”

Coming together, groups from West Brunswick, such as JROTC, band, and dance team, share love and joy to the community through this festive event. These three groups have been chosen to be part of something bigger. Not only do they bring the community happiness and positivity, they represent the heart of our Trojan Pride.

“For the most part, I think everyone likes it,” said junior Brayden Griffith.“Some years it’s a little colder, so that’s not too fun, but we all enjoy being there, getting a little bit of spotlight, showing off what we’ve been doing for the first semester.”

Being part of such a special event in Shallotte is a privilege. Everyone looks forward to seeing our dance team, band, JROTC, and other organizations march down the street, bringing smiles to children and inspiring them to want to be involved in our West community when they grow to become a Trojan.

“We usually only have about half of our team able to participate,”  said dance coach Casey Sellers. “It’s something they always look forward to.”

Alongside our Trojans, many local businesses, churches and groups make it a part of their own traditions to get up early and walk Main Street, often throwing out candy accompanied by bright smiles and wishes of “Merry Christmas.” Some of these groups include local dance studios, Boy Scouts, Shallotte Buccaneers, Shallotte Pirates, and many more.

“The Shallotte Christmas Parade is a studio tradition that all our dancers and families always look forward to,” said owner and teacher of Brunswick School of Dance Leigh-Anne Sorrels. “Our dancers come together to perform their classic parade dance while bonding over the preparation and experience of the whole event.” 

The Shallotte Christmas Parade is a time for the community to come together and celebrate the wonder of the Christmas season but to also serve as a reminder of the people who keep our town the wonderful space that it is. 

“I’m proud to see our students participate in the parade,” said McDowell. “I’ve been in the West for fifteen Christmases, and every year we’ve had a presence in the parade, so I’m extremely proud of that.”

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Hannah Underwood, Staff Writer
Hannah Underwood is a 16 year old junior and is in her second semester of journalism.  Underwood was born in Wilmington, North Carolina but grew up in Ocean Isle Beach.  In her free time, Underwood participates in many extra curricular activities like sports and clubs.   “Right now I am the junior class president,” said Underwood. “I do wrestling and theater, both of which the majority of my time is spent.”   Underwood lives with her two sisters and also has two dogs. In her free time she likes to read and hang out with her friends.  She has big plans for the future, including going to a four year university to pursue a career in biology.   “I plan on going to NC State,” said Underwood. “ and majoring in biology.”   Her interest in joining the West Wind sparked because of the nice environment that the class has, she is also familiar with the teacher Anna Saunders who she is very fond of. Underwood also has interest in enhancing her writing skills while she is in the class.   “I’ve always been interested in writing,” said Underwood. “And I love Mrs. Saunders, I’ve had her in the past and she is a good teacher.”
Amadis Levasa, Event Coverage Coordinator
Amadis Levasa is a 16-year-old junior at West Brunswick High School. She was born in Fayetteville, NC, where she lived most of her childhood. After eight years of living in Fayetteville, she and her family began moving from place to place until they finally moved to Supply, NC. She lives with her parents and her only sibling, who will be a freshman at West next year. After leaving Fayetteville and a couple of years living in Brunswick County, she began playing lacrosse, which is what she spends most of her time doing. She plays for West's lacrosse program and joined a travel ball team in Wilmington, Coastal Rays, last summer. She is highly committed to her lacrosse career and is still working on becoming one of the captains on her team this season. She has been working nonstop so that she has to continue playing after high school and is planning to commit to Emory & Henry College, a division 2 in Virginia, where she also has the goal of majoring in sports medicine. “I spend most of my free time practicing and working out,” said Levasa, “If I’m not out there practicing, I’ll be in the weight room just to help keep myself in shape, then after that I’ll be out practicing. I'm even doing cross country this year just for lacrosse.” She spends time with her family when she is not playing lacrosse. She also enjoys traveling to different places and making beautiful memories everywhere. Usually, she spends her free time at the beach, but her other favorite place to go is Myrtle Beach, where she loves spending time with friends and has various activities they can do. This year being her junior year, Levasa plans to enjoy every moment. This year is Levasa’s second year in Journalism. She enjoys sports articles, event coverage, and photography. She intends to write better articles than last year and create more creative stories. Levasa is prepared to try new things and is driven to make this year great. “When my seniors last year told me to join this class, it opened a new door of opportunity for me,” said Levasa. “I don't think I’ve ever looked forward to going to a class until I started Journalism. I’m super excited to see where we go this year.”  
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