by Paul Bowers
You know that scene in Ferris Bueller where Matthew Broderick hijacks a parade float and starts singing "Twist and Shout," leading the entire city of Chicago to lose all inhibition and shake its collective booty? Everybody dances: construction workers, German barmaids, black people, Hispanic people, elderly people, hippies, businessmen, even stick-in-the-mud Cameron. Well, the North Charleston Christmas Parade wasn't quite like that, but it did bring people together from all different walks of life. If you were there, you saw what diversity looks like, both in the street and on the sidewalk. Who could forget Tony the Peanut Man sneaking up and surprising Mayor Keith Summey in his convertible? Or what about Radio Free Rocky D strutting with a light-up walking cane and faux red fur coat as Pimp Santa Claus? And as marching bands played and Baptist, Presbyterian, and AME churches rolled down the streets of Park Circle with congregations waving and children belting out carols, people of all different races, classes, and neighborhoods stood side by side, sometimes singing along, sometimes greeting folks they'd never met who lived just around the corner.
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