‘We’re strong in Moore County’: Town of Carthage comes together for Christmas parade

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CARTHAGE, NC (WTVD) — From spending the first half of the week in darkness to kicking off Saturday with bright lights and Christmas cheer spreading, the Carthage Christmas Parade was a “must-see” for Moore County residents.

“We used to do it on Tuesday nights,” said Carthage Mayor Jimmy Chalfinch. “We wouldn’t have been able to get it last Tuesday because the power went out, but we’re very happy and very excited.”

The vibrant night parade at 6:30 p.m. lit up downtown and fired up the spirits of hundreds of people who gathered to watch the floats and grab free candy from power is fully restored as of Wednesday.

“I was lucky,” Dora Lopez said. “I feel happy and blessed because you don’t realize how much you need it until you lose it and then you think, ‘Oh yeah, we really need it. Just being together and regaining power is wonderful.”

The city of Carthage kicked off the festivities with a performance by the Union Pines High School marching band before lighting the Christmas tree and lighting candles in every window of the Moore County Courthouse.

Instead of focusing on who is responsible for attack on substations on December 3Karen Olsen chose to focus on family instead.

“We don’t want to think about bad things,” Olsen said. “They happen, yes, but lately they happen so often that it makes you very sad, so I’m happy to be with my family, that they’re OK, that we have the power and we’re going to have a beautiful parade today in the evening and drink hot chocolate.’

For Mayor Chalfinch, the parade is another example of the community coming together.

“We’re a strong Moore County,” Chalfinch said. “I’m just tickled to death. The community gathered. You wouldn’t believe other people would come in there and feed people when the power went out and all that. It was something to see, tears welled up in my eyes.”

The search for tips in the Power Gird attack in Moore County continues with a reward of up to $75,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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‘We’re strong in Moore County’: Town of Carthage comes together for Christmas parade

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