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Darlington Christmas parade and Carol Lighting Service make spirits bright

December 4, 2017 GMT

DARLINGTON, S.C. — “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”

Residents of the city of Darlington ushered in the Christmas season by singing carols, holding a parade and lighting the tree in town square on Sunday evening.

The event started at 4 p.m. as businesses and organizations from the area paraded on floats through the town square, down Main Street and up Pearl Street.

The highlight of the parade came at the very end when Santa Claus made his annual appearance with his wife, Mrs. Claus, and a sleigh pulled by reindeer.

Seeing all the festivities stirred up a great amount of excitement as kids had the opportunity to see their favorite movie characters, including Spider-Man and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The kids were also able to meet firefighters and police officers from the City of Darlington.

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4-year-old Christian Muldrow and 3-year-old Nathaniel Padgett knew exactly what they wanted for Christmas.

“I want a race care and a nice new toy,” Muldrow said.

“A robot that walks and talks and shoots lasers,” Padgett said.

Following the parade, the 35th annual Carol Lighting Service was held on the courthouse lawn, where Mayor Gloria Hines addressed the public and Rev. Chris M. Lollis shared a Christmas message.

During her public address, Hines called for unity -- not just during Christmas, but each and every day.

“I would truly like to see unity come to Darlington,” Hines said. “I want to treat people like I want them to treat me, because God has tremendously blessed me in my life. And I truly pray for Him to come in and step in as we continue to love each other.”

The Darlington Christmas Parade was presented by the Darlington Firemen Rescue Squad and the Carol Lighting Service was sponsored by the Darlington Kiwanis Club.