Parade features mobile outhouse, Grinches

Dec. 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

BOYKIN, S.C., Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Floats at a lighthearted South Carolina Christmas parade included a jail cell float, two Grinches, a mobile outhouse and a cross-dresser named Fatback Queen.

The 19th annual Boykin Parade, in the unincorporated Boykin community in rural Kershaw County, drew a crowd of thousands to view the animals, tractors, marching bands and unusual floats, The State, Columbia, S.C., reported Monday.

"The only thing organized about this parade is disorganization," joked Rowland Alston, a dignitary on the reviewing stand in downtown Boykin.

The parade included a contingent of blue-clad Civil War re-enactors, a 55-piece marching band from Thomas Sumter Academy, a dog-themed float with the slogan "Bark the Herald Angels Sing" and representatives of local law enforcement agencies.

Bruce Jackson, unofficial mayor of Boykin, said this year's event was unusually free from vehicular breakdowns.

"We didn't need any jumper cables today," Jackson said. "We had lots of children and lots of dogs. The military. And dogs and children on a lot of the floats."

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