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Thousands crowd North Augusta streets for Christmas parade

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NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) -

While all the other kids are running to the street to pick up scattered candy, one little girl is scooping up something not as sweet.

"I really don't care. It's not that big of a deal," said Brooklyn Thompson. "Me and my dad are the only ones doing it."

Thompson bravely took on the job as "parade poop scooper." It was the only way her older sister could ride their family horse in the North Augusta Lions Club Christmas parade.

"She (Brooklyn's sister) had been wanting to ride for three years, and she finally was able to do it. And they didn't have somebody to scoop the poop so she begged her daddy, and her daddy gave in," said Missy Thompson, Brooklyn's mother.

Thousands of people crowded Georgia Avenue all the way down to watch drum lines bang on drums, and dancers tap their feet. The annual parade is the city's highlight of the holiday season.

"It's great! It's so big and there's lots of people represented," said a parade spectator.

"I think it's great," said Denise Toomer, a parade spectator. "I'm here with my grand babies, and I'm enjoying myself, and I hope that everyone here has a very merry Christmas."

And everyone there patiently waited for dozens of floats, car clubs and homecoming queens to roll by before the big guy pulled up, sitting atop a red fire engine. Who Brooklyn won't get to see while she maintains her duties, but says she hopes next year, she'll get to ride in the parade, and her sister will return the filthy favor.

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