OKOLONA – The weather was perfect Monday night as more than 50 units took part in the Okolona Christmas Parade.
The theme of this year’s parade was “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and saw a variety of floats, walking troops, car clubs and two bands march down Main Street.
“I thought the crowd was good and the weather was cool but no rain,” said Perry Grubbs, Executive Director of the Okolona Chamber of Commerce. “Things went smoothly and it was really a nice way to kick off the Christmas holidays.”
The chamber judged floats in the parade based on theme, quality and crowd appeal. Winners were:
First Place – Harp Float 1949, with harpists and a vocalist singing “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Second Place – Excel with youth dressed as presents and filling a trailer with “gifts.”
Third Place – County Line 4-H with kids dressed as Christmas boxes and accompanied by a large walking group.
The parade also featured local businesses, civic clubs and city departments.
“I personally want to thank Debora Shelton and her volunteers for putting this parade together,” said Grubbs. “The community always enjoys the Christmas parade and these chamber volunteers are the ones who make it happen.”
The Houston Christmas Parade was held Tuesday night and will be featured in next week’s Chickasaw Journal. The theme of Houston’s parade was “Hometown Heroes” with emphasis on emergency personnel.
Other parades slated for the area include:
• The Town of New Houlka will host their Christmas parade Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. with the theme, “A Patriotic Christmas.” Please call City Hall at 568-2745 to be added to the list. Applications are not required.
• The Mantee Christmas parade will be held Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. with line-up at 4:30 p.m. There is no entry fee and a general Christmas theme will be the rule of thumb. The annual chili supper at the Volunteer Fire Department will cap the evening. For information, call 263-75936 or 263-7338.
• Vardaman’s Christmas parade will be held Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. with line-up at 6:30 p.m. behind the Methodist Church and applications will be available at City Hall. For information, call Cathy Dauzat at 414-0602. Grand Marshall will be Robert Earl McGregor.
• The Town of Woodland will light up the season with the annual Christmas lights throughout the village depicting holiday scenes. Driving and walking tours begin Thanksgiving night and are at no charge.