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The First Columbia Carillon

Officer Pruitt declared that “100,000 persons jammed the sidewalks and edges of the parade route” during Columbia’s first Carillon Christmas parade. Since the population of Columbia in 1950 was 186,844 this must have been either an over-exaggeration or a very large crowd.

The November 23, 1953 parade started at Elmwood and Main and traveled along Gervais and Sumter Streets. Miss Millie Stackhouse (no, I am not kidding) from Florence was named the first “Miss Carolina Carillon” and among the many floats Edisto Farms featured a cow jumping over the moon.

This late 1950 image is from our Jimmy Price Collection and available in the Walker Local and Family History Center.

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