As Thanksgiving celebrates in homes across the area this week, work is underway for the upcoming Christmas parades.
The cheering season kicks off with the Christmas Parade through downtown Kilmichael on December 2nd at 7:00pm.
Parade organizers have been contacted by about 20 groups planning to participate in the parade, said Matt Bennett, a member of the parade committee. He said most people don’t sign up until a week before the parade.
“Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. on School Road in front of God’s House of Hope,” Bennett said. “The participants should come in [Mississippi Highway] 413.”
Entries will travel from School Road to Pecan Drive, then right onto Main Street and left onto Depot Avenue before terminating on Vine Street, he said.
As of Tuesday, entries include antique military vehicles, local fire department vehicles, the Winona High School dance team, the Hot Shotz dance troupe, MedStat, a float representing the Kilmichael library, and of course Santa Claus, Bennett said.
Kilmichael’s annual lighting of “Christmas on the Square” will follow the parade.
Anyone interested in attending the Kilmichael Parade can contact Bennett at [email protected] or 662-392-9290.
Christmas cheer will flow through downtown Duck Hill on December 3rd at 2pm.
According to Mayor Al White, attendees will queue at 1:30 p.m. on South Binford Street and proceed to Main Street before merging onto Dr. Turn onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The parade continues up Carrollton Street before returning to South Binford.
Anyone interested in attending can call Duck Hill City Hall at 662-565-2351 or White at 662-809-7002.
As Montgomery County residents and officials enjoy the celebrations at Duck Hill, Carroll County residents prepare for the 3 p.m. Carrollton-North Carrollton Parade, also on December 3.
The theme of this year’s parade is “Christmas Through the Decades” and line-up for the parade begins at 2:00 p.m
“It usually starts at the courthouse and goes all the way to JZ George High School,” said Ontenncia Boclear, a member of the parade committee.
Parade organizers are expecting entries including bands from JZ George High, Canton High, Leflore High and Greenwood High, Boclear said. She said attendees also include local churches, Premier Dance, Hot Shotz, several antique cars and cartoon characters like Paw Patrol.
Anyone wishing to participate in the parade must register by contacting either Monica Jones at 662-417-6099, Glenda Jenkins at 662-237-6926, Diana Palmer at 662-299-1913, or Anna Irwin at 662-385- 0186 contacted.
On Monday, December 5th, starting at 7:00 p.m., the Christmas spirit will fill the streets of Winona
The Winona Parade Committee is expecting 35 participants including the Tri-County Falcons, Bank of Winona, Winona Manor, Moore Memorial United Methodist Church and Winona City Secretary Monica Turner.
She said Sonic Drive-In, the Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, the JZ George High Band, the Winona High Band and the Winona Junior High Band will also be moving through Winona along with WHS Homecoming Queen Molly Tompkins and Community Choice Financial.
Lineup for the parade begins at 5:30 p.m. and begins on Mission Road near Bluff Springs Road, Turner said.
The parade will descend Summit Street from the courthouse and turn left on Sterling Street, Turner said.
The joy of the holidays will sweep through Vaiden on December 10th at 6:00 p.m.
Lineup begins at 5 p.m., with kids lining up in the parking lot of Vaiden High School’s old gym and vehicles lining up on Highway 430 between the gym and Dollar General, Williams said.
Parade organizers expect participants including Tri-County Falcon Football Team and Cheerleaders, JZ George High Dance Team, Hot Shotz Dance Company, Professional Image Barbershop, Kids-R-Us, Vaiden Masonic Lodge, Mississippi Valley State University, Good Hope Methodist Church,” Williams said.
Contact Vaiden City Hall at 662-464-5266, Williams at 662-770-1783 or write to Vaiden Activities and Recreation.
The closing date for entries is December 5th.