By Melissa Robinson
Hampton’s Idol has been
crowned and will perform at the city’s annual Christmas parade
and after-party, dubbed “Christ-mas at Home,” on Thursday,
December 6, beginning at 7 p.m.
Finalists Angela Newton
and Kym Johnson were selected from a pool of five semi-finalists
who auditioned for the first ever Hampton Idol competition. They
competed against each other during the city’s annual tree
lighting, held on Thanksgiving night. Newton edged out the
competition with her country-inspired rendition of Go Tell (it
on the Mountain) winning the honor of performing in a special
concert, along with Hampton’s Mount Zion Baptist Church Gospel
Choir, after the parade. She was also awarded a $250 cash prize.
Parade organizer said the
concert will come at the end of the parade, which will begin at
Hampton elementary school. Chris Moore will be master of
ceremonies and Santa Claus himself is the Grand Marshall. Santa
will have live reindeer with him and to make them feel at home
from the North Pole, Moore has arranged for two industrial snow
machines to help set the mood of Christmas.
“It’s going to be a
magical night,” he said.
He said 600 were in
attendance for the tree lighting and last year there were 5,000
people at the parade.
“This year, we’ll be
happy with 5,001,” laughed Moore.
He said several local
businesses will remain open for the evening, passing out hot
cocoa and cookies, and children will be able to get a photo with
Santa and his reindeer for a small fee. In addition to the
concert, a professional DJ will be spinning Christmas tunes.
There will be various floats and groups
marching in the parade and it’s not too late to join the
festivities. He said everyone is welcome and may pass out
flyers, candy and other goodies. Those interested in being a
part of this year’s Hampton Christmas Parade should be ready to
line up at Hampton Elementary School by 6:15 p.m. For more
information, contact Chris Moore at 678-758-0606.