I would like to thank all of the people involved in making Water Valley’s Christmas Parade one of the BEST ever. There were comments form visitors from neighboring cities that our Christmas Parade was real good. It appears to have been one of the best and biggest in recent years. Every year it takes people from our electric, police, street, and parks departments to prepare for and get things lined up from decorations to traffic control for the parade.
The Town and Country Garden Club does an outstanding job of decorating the bandstand at Christmas, as well as planting flowers in the downtown planters throughout the year. The Garden Club of Water Valley does a great job decorating the gazebo in the old city park, as well as maintaining the planters at the gazebo.
I hate to see the vandalism that is being done at the gazebo, when we have people trying to make our city look beautiful. It seems that a video camera could be mounted on a pole in the old city park and video the ones who are vandalizing the gazebo. The guilty ones need to be fined and sentenced to community service of at least 10 years in working in that park, helping city employees and the garden club—actually doing the work.
The coverage and publicity of the parade is done by the North Mississippi Herald, the Coffeeville Courier and WO7BN-TV. Each does an excellent job.
There were 11 participating float entries this year, along with the many fire departments and emergency units, who are usually in our annual parade. Thanks to the fire department chiefs and volunteers who see that the fire trucks and other units are in the correct line-up order.
There are many antique vehicles that participate every year. Words of thanks to all of these antique owners, who spend the day getting their vehicles ready for the Christmas Parade. Many of these vehicles are from other cities. Owners of the antique tractor, diesel trucks, motorcycles, and four wheelers are to be commended for participating. Several have participate for 20 years, while one has participated for 40 years in the annual parade.
“The Grinch” that stole Christmas was an attraction that fascinated many of the young children. An additional attraction was the WVHS Drama Club’ cast of Christmas in the Land of Oz, dressed in their beautiful costumes. This production was presented in the City Auditorium.
Many title holders (Miss Hospitality, WV Jr. High Most Beautiful, WVHS Most Beautiful, WVHS Homecoming Court, and the Watermelon Court) rode in the parade.
There were several hundred students, who participated in groups, such as, the 5th, 6th, 7th Grade & High School Bands, The Pee Wee Football teams, the Devil Dolls, Jr. High and High School Cheerleaders, the Valley Dance Company, and Bride by Grace.
There are several who assist with the Christmas Parade, from being chauffeurs for the Grand Marshals and Santa and Mrs. Claus, to helping in the concession stand. To all of those who helped or participated in any way to make the Water Valley Christmas Parade a success, the Tri-Lake Fairground Association says “THANK YOU”, and we hope to see you there next year.
/s/J. C. Womble