The Town of Fort Mill held its 76th Annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023.
This year’s Grand Marshal was Trudie Bolin Heemsoth who was the first woman to serve on the Fort Mill School Board, which she did for 16 years, and also served on Fort Mill Town Council for six years. A reception was held prior to the parade for her and for Fort Mill's oldest resident, Sarah Ackerman. Heemsoth led the parade, beginning at Tom Hall and Unity Street, traveling through Main Street and North White Street in Historic Downtown Fort Mill and exiting at Walter Elisha Park.
The parade included a joyful collection of floats, dance teams, go carts, singing, scouts, Strawberry Queens and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus! Emcees David Ward and Ashley Lang announced each entry as it passed by the Fort Mill Fire Department on Tom Hall Street. Parade Judges picked winners for Best Car, Best Golf Cart, Best Walking Group, Best Christmas Theme, Most Holiday Spirit and Most Creative.
See below for a video of the 2023 parade and also a gallery of photos from this year's grand marshal reception and parade!