Carrabelle loves a parade

Published: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 16:17 PM.

“It was a pretty good community effort I thought,” she said. “I hope we’ll get good weather again so we can have everything. We’ll just wait for next year and hope it will be better.”

Senior Services out of Wakulla County, which serves the eastern end of Franklin County’s Meals on Wheels offered food, cookies and gift baskets that seniors had made. The Church of the Ascension sold coffee to raise funds for the food pantry, which had hot cider and cold drinks. The First Baptist Church of Carrabelle gave out hot chocolate and water, plus there were homemade goodies proffered by pastry chef Sally Crown, and handmade jewelry by Harriett Beach.

Santa Claus was on hand, arranged by Hershell Blanchett, with help from elves Brenda La Paz and Greg Kristofferson.

Unfortunately, the professional band lined up for Saturday had to be cancelled but songstress Debi Jordan ( performed at C-Quarters for the third year, offering selections from her new "Christmas Songs" CD.

Local businessman Bo May served as chair of the judges committee who reviewed the entries at C-Quarters. Publisher Chuck Spicer emceed the event at the marina.

Without question the watercraft that drew the most cheers was the 65-foot catamaran “RV Apalachee,” provided by the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Its speakers blared the Seminole war chant, and “the crowd went crazy,” said Hauser.

The FSU boat took top honors in the division for recreational boars over 40 feet, with second place going to Capt. Jim Delveau from Muscatine, Iowa with the 40-foot trawler "Gray Fox."

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