Seasonal spirit shines in Lake Wylie parade

cmuccigrosso@lakewyliepilot.comDecember 16, 2013 

Christmas wasn’t canceled Saturday at Lake Wylie. Despite a drizzly forecast and many parades rescheduled, Lake Wylie boaters lit up the lake during the annual Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Holiday Boat Parade. Spectators lined the shore and walked the docks at T-Bones on the Lake under tarps and umbrellas, although the rain held off for most of the event, as Santa spread Christmas cheer to girls and boys inside the restaurant.

Jim Longwith of Rock Hill, who has entered the parade many times, said in the past he’s dealt with sleet and snow.

“This is really a pretty good night,” he said.

Brad Thomas of Belmont and his jolly pirate crew captured their seventh first place award with a boat turned pirate ship via lights synchronized to music.

“We were going to do this even if the chamber wasn’t here,” Thomas said.

Longwith said he comes every year because “It’s a great event and gets you into the holiday spirit.”

On shore, Kelly Schifferle of Newport said she and her family had planned to come for years and finally made it for the first time. She huddled under an umbrella with her husband, Nick, as 4-year-old son Xavier eyed the departing parade line.

“It’s pretty and entertaining for him,” Schifferle said referring to her son.

Longwith took second place and Rob Stanton finished in third place with his pontoon boat.

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