Mount Pleasant Magazine Nov/Dec 2023

27 | | our town a daytime event close to three decades ago. Jennifer Magwood Ray fondly recalls the earlier years of the parade. Her stepfather, Fred Tetor, was Mount Pleasant’s fire chief during the event’s beginnings. Back then, it was the fire department that facilitated the celebration. “I was there as a teenager helping out and walking the routes with him,” offered Ray. “I just think it’s a great way to bring people together. My now-grown son and daughters grew up riding with the fire department. It was always a family affair. I still help at the starting line every year, and I hope I can always continue doing that.” Ray’s voice went up an octave with each new memory as we spoke, and the joy the event had brought to her and her loved ones was clear. It’s a joy many in this town have likely experienced, with many others destined to join. Though there are many highlights, both Tetor and Ray especially enjoy watching the children’s faces come alive when Santa appears. The parade begins at Live Oak Drive and heads south to Patriots Point. Don’t miss this spectacular evening event with those you love most. We wish you all the happiest holiday season ever.