Parade draws more than 1,000 downtown
Published 1:29 am Sunday, December 7, 2014
Both sides of Washington Street were crowded with families hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa and get in the holiday spirit during Vicksburg’s annual Christmas parade Saturday.
Approximately 1,100 people were at the Christmas Parade of Light, said Kim Hopkins, director of Vicksburg Main Street.
“I think everything was wonderful. The kids had a great time. The floats were fun. The weather was perfect, and I think it got everyone in the Christmas spirit,” Hopkins said.
Temperatures were in the 50s and with a steady, cool breeze blowing in downtown as the parade of floats, bands and antique vehicles made its way along the route.
“I love the parade; its just cold,” said Marquita Harris, whose children marched in the Vicksburg Junior High School band.
Many people were bundled up in coats and huddle under blankets. A few people took advantage of the windy evening and set up hot chocolate booths on Washington Street.
For Terry Duchesne’s family, the parade is an annual tradition.
“My grandkids were in the parade. It was really great,” she said.
Floats were judged in categories and Porters Chapel Academy won for the most creative float, and St. Aloysius High School won with the most enthusiastic category. Several churches participated in the parade including Elevate Christian Church and First Pentecostal Church.
Chic-Fil-A took the prize for best business float. Danny Hearn won for best show, and Agape Montessori School won for best non-profit organization. Dana Road Elementary School won for best scene and A.B.A.T.E. club won most original.
“I thought it was really fun. I liked the Christian floats, it was very clean and organized,” said Hope Lee.
John Deere and Farmall tractors were some of the first to go down Washington Street in the parade line up. The tractors were decorated in Christmas lights and tinsel. Following the tractors was the bands, floats and dancers.
Tamia Williams danced alongside several other girls a part of the Prince and Jewel dance team in the parade.
“It was very fun dancing with my team,” Tamia said.
Tamia’s sister was also a part of the parade; she rode in a truck in front of the dancers.
“It was so much fun in the back of the truck,” said Keshawn Williams.
Bands from Vicksburg Junior High, Vicksburg High School, and St. Aloysius performed Christmas music during the parade.
“The parade was nice and walking in it with my friends was great,” said Ariona Letties.