Thousands line Washington Street for Downtown Vicksburg’s Christmas Parade of Lights

Published 2:55 pm Tuesday, December 7, 2021

One year after it was postponed, more than 3,000 area residents lined Washington Street and gathered on balconies Saturday to watch Downtown Vicksburg’s Christmas Parade of Lights.

Parade Grand Marshal was David Blackledge, with Miss Mississippi Holly Brand as a special honored guest.

The theme for the parade was “My Favorite Christmas Story,” and the multi-colored lighted floats highlighted several story themes, from the story of the first Christmas to the Polar Express and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. The Grinch was the topic for several floats, including award-winner Danny Hearn Trucking, which featured the Grinch staring down on the parade from his perch on Mount Crumpet.

“The Christmas parade was phenomenal,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said at Monday’s meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. “I’ve never seen so many people on the streets of Vicksburg. The floats, the cars, the young kids, everything; you wouldn’t have known that there was a COVID outbreak around.”

“We had such an amazing night for the Christmas Parade of Lights,” Downtown Vicksburg Executive Director Kim Hopkins said. “The rain stayed away and the night was beautiful.”

Winning floats from the parade included:

• Best in Business: Elite Performance and Rehab Center

• Best in Show: Danny Hearn Trucking

• Best Non-Profit: Disney Princess: A Golden Christmas

• Best in Theme: First Baptist Church of Vicksburg

• Most Original: First Pentecostal Church

• Most Creative: Cross Point Daycare

• Most Enthusiastic: Who Dat Nation

 

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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