Get a more festive, country Christmas parade at Boykin

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Update December 15: The parade was a success. Head over to The State for a full write-up, and photo gallery. But here's a shot of the Fat Back Queen on his float.

First reporting: If you were disappointed by the lack of creativity in your local parade, then maybe head over to Boykin (2 hours from Charleston) for their 15th annual country Christmas parade.

It's an event so zany, that they actually took last year off to help cool the festival down (there'll be no fake road kill BBQ this year). But, The State is reporting that the Fatback Queen (a drag queen greeting the crowd from atop horse-drawn wagons) will still be there.

Here's a bit about the festival and the changes, from the parade committee:
We are looking for witty country themes that incorporate the use of native plants, crops and/or animals in the decoration of the entry. Music is always welcome and encouraged. ... We do want to see horses in the parade, in fact we are offering a special prize for the “best horse drawn float” so get those creative juices flowing and give the folks a thrill!

The parade starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, in Boykin (here's a map).

Get more details about the parade on their Web site, or at The State.