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Large crowds show up for Darlington Car Haulers parade

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The countdown to race day continued on Thursday with an annual tradition that brought race fans and community members alike out to the streets.

With the race towards Sunday at full speed, the Darlington Car Haulers Parade, kicked the excitement into an extra gear on Thursday.

Young and old showed up at the Florence Civic center, and got a unique NASCAR experience.

"We're in the garage, exclaimed Annie Lowery. “It's awesome."

"We’ve never been to this one, “said Gaeda Travaglio. “I've been to Daytona, Homestead, Virginia."

Each truck was prepped for its moment to shine, and then given time to soak it all in, before hitting the road.

"They keep them immaculate, they're like spotless,” said Travaglio. “My husband used to drive one, but not one of these."

"I did selfies with the Gordon hauler and pictures of the Gordon hauler,” laughed Lowery.

A few miles down the road in Darlington Square, the atmosphere was even more electric.

“Once I see my drivers coming through, it just gives me more motivation that they’re going to win,” said 12 year old Dawson Smith.

The parade was no race though. Instead, it was about slowing things down, taking pictures, and making memories.

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