By Sgt. Mary S. Katzenberger, 4th IBCT, 3rd Inf. Div. Public Affairs
FORT STEWART, Ga. " Holiday floats and children's faces were aglow, Dec. 9, at the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce's 15th Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade in Hinesville, Ga.
The parade, which began at the Bradwell Institute, showcased local businesses, high school bands, dance squads, scouting groups and motorcycle and car clubs.
Dance, band and step performances occurred at the reviewing stand on Main Street for James Thomas Jr., Hinesville mayor, and Col. Kimo C. Gallahue, commander of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and the Honorary Grand Marshall for the parade.
The crowd cheered as a color guard team and Soldiers with the 703rd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th IBCT, 3rd Inf. Div., along with the 3rd Infantry Division Band, marched by.
Gallahue said being a part of the parade was a wonderful experience.
"It's good to be part of the holiday spirit, ushering it in to Hinesville and representing Fort Stewart and the 3rd Infantry Division," Gallahue said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to see the holiday spirit start here and carry on into the rest of the holidays."
Friends Tamia Walker and Ashanti Brickhouse, 9-year-old girls who attend Joseph Martin Elementary, responded in unison that they had a great time at the parade.
The girls said their favorites part of the event were the dancers who performed cartwheels, and seeing their friend, who is in the Girl Scouts, march by.
Walker and Brickhouse said the parade put them in the Christmas spirit, and that they are looking forward to the holidays.
"My family is coming down here so we have to get everything good," Walker said.
"My family is coming down here too," Brickhouse piped in. "[And] we're going to Atlanta to have Christmas dinner."
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