On Saturday night, the City of North Charleston’s Christmas parade drew neighbors out onto their lawns along East Montague Avenue and Park Circle. The floats ranged from family cars minimally adorned with garland to a spectacular teeter-tottering Red-Baron-and-Snoopy scene.

Middle and high school marching bands marched in loose formation, their drumbeats ricocheting down residential streets. City officials including Mayor Keith Summey, County Council member Elliott Summey, and several North Charleston City Council members rode by in convertibles. Church groups waved from buses and trailers, showering children with candy whenever they spotted them. And Rocky D, the local radio talk show host who was recently relieved of his post at WTMA, appeared to be out in his usual style, strutting the street alone as Pimp Santa Claus.

The weather was fair, the music was loud, and the real Santa Claus was in his rightful place — stationed in the cherry picker on the back of a North Charleston fire truck.