‘Tis the season to be parading and there are plenty of Christmas parades scheduled in Lee County during the next couple weeks to satisfy most everyone’s desire to celebrate the season.
BALDWYN The Baldwyn Christmas parade is Tuesday, December 3, at 6 p.m. Entrants can register at City Hall; there are registration fees of $10 for nonprofit entries and $20 for commercial enterprises. Prizes for floats are $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third. The lineup is on Miss. Hwy. 370 West across from City Café. It will wind through downtown, ending up at Baldwyn High School via Miss. Hwy. 145. Featured bands are Shannon, Alcorn Central and Baldwyn high schools. Grand marshals are Mr. and Mrs. John Roellgen. For more information, call the Baldwyn Chamber of Commerce at 365-1050.
TUPELO The 71st annual Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade is Tuesday, December 3, at 7 p.m. Registration is closed. It will feature about 100 entries, including floats, vehicles, walking groups and bands: Tupelo Middle School, Tupelo High School and Itawamba Community College. The theme is “A Christmas of Peace and Harmony” and the grand marshal is Mission Mississippi. The route begins on East Main Street at its intersection with Franklin St., right on Robins, right on Jefferson to end at BancorpSouth Arena. Trophies will be awarded to the first three places in three categories: nonprofit, commercial and charities/walking groups.
NETTLETON The Nettleton Christmas parade is Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m. Entry forms are available at City Hall; there is a $10 entry fee. Prizes for floats are $300 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. The Nettleton High School band will march, the only one committed to the event at press time. Lineup and terminus for the parade, which will pass through downtown, is the high school. On Saturday, December 7, 9-11 a.m., children will be able to have Breakfast with Santa at the Dorothy J. Lowe Library. Tickets – $5 per child – are available at City Hall (963-2605) and include free photos with old St. Nick.
VERONA The Verona Christmas parade is Thursday, December 5, at 6 p.m. There is no fee to enter; while registration is not necessary, forms are available at City Hall. The theme of the parade is “Love, Joy and Peace Express.” Lineup is at Verona School at 5:30 p.m. The route is College Street to Main to Raymond back to College and ends back at the school. Prizes for participants are $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. The Shannon High School band is scheduled to march. For more information, call Bill Huddleston at 213-5618.
SHANNON The Shannon Christmas parade is Friday, December 6, at 6:30 p.m. Registration and entry fees are not required. Participants should be lined up by 6 p.m. at the north end of the high school. The route is south in front of the high school to Shannon Avenue to North Street, ending at the Shannon Police Department. Bands to be featured will be Shannon, Baldwyn and Okolona high schools. Prizes to floats will be $150 for first place, $100 for second and $75 for third. Grand marshals will be Thomas Wayne and Mae Whitehead. After the parade, First Baptist Church will hold the official Lighting of the Park; Santa Claus will be present and available for photos. Saturday and Sunday, 5-7 p.m., First Baptist Church will present Christmas in the Park with a live nativity scene, chili, photo booth, ministry tent, carol singing and children’s activities. For more information, call 422-2252.
PLANTERSVILLE The Plantersville Christmas parade is Saturday, December 7, at 5 p.m. There is no fee to participate in the parade, but the entry deadline is December 5 at 5 p.m. in City Hall. Floats will be awarded prizes: $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third. Grand marshal is Lindsay Brett, principal of Plantersville Middle School. Lineup will be at 4:15 p.m. at the former Optim Comfort factory building on Poplar. It proceeds to Miss. Hwy. 6 to Central Street to Grant Wuichet Park for the Christmas in the Park celebration.
GUNTOWN The Guntown Christmas parade is Saturday, December 7, at 6 p.m. There is no fee to participate but entrants are asked to fill out a registration form at City Hall. Lineup needs to be completed by 5:30 p.m. on Mill Street. The route is to Miss. Hwy. 145 to Main Street with completion back on Mill Street. Marching bands include Guntown Middle School and Saltillo and Baldwyn high schools. Grand marshals are state champion Guntown Middle cheerleaders and former Mayor Bob Davis. The Community Event Foundation will provide free water, tea and dessert at the Guntown Fire Department’s chili and soup cooking after the parade. The day kicks off with a free Breakfast with Santa at the Community Center, 8-10 a.m. For more information, call 255-7620 or 397-0037.
SALTILLO The Saltillo Christmas parade is Tuesday, December 10, at 7 p.m. There is no cost, but entrants should call City Hall at 869-5431 to register. Four-wheelers and dirt bikes are not allowed; “cruiser” motorcycles, horses, walking groups and floats are welcome. Lineup is at First Baptist Church with the route on Mobile Street to the end at Food Giant. Bands scheduled to march are Saltillo, Shannon and Baldwyn high schools. Grand marshals are North Lee Kiwanis Club Citizens of the Year, Scottie Thompson and Teresa Neaves.