WATER VALLEY – With a couple days remaining before Friday night’s parade, anticipation is building for one of the biggest Christmas parades in years with a record number of entries reported. Parade Chairman Tonya Eubanks reports 100-plus entries ranging from returning favorites to new entries that are sure to become crowd favorites.
“The spirit of Christmas, being with family, friends and loved ones and just having a good time makes our parade very special,” Eubanks reported. “Hours and hours of preparation have gone into this year’s event, especially with several big changes this year.”
Although the parade will roll at night for the second year following a hiatus during Covid, changes include entries staging at Crawford Sports Complex and traveling north to City Park. The Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce has detailed plans to ensure the parade will flow smoothly with added entries and expected record crowds.
Grand marshal Sammy Higdon will lead the parade with his wife, Sherri, as they are chauffeured by grandsons Dalton Higdon and Trace Higdon. Following behind will be fire trucks, antique vehicles (and a few antique drivers), the Blue Devil marching band, beauty queens, city and county officials and, of course, numerous floats.
A $150 grand prize will be awarded to the Best Float Overall and $50 for each top float in the following categories: Business, Non-Profit Organization (i.e. Main Street Association, Rotary Club etc.), School/School Organizations, Churches/Religious Groups, Best Decorated Vehicle (non float i.e. Queens, Trucks/Cars not pulling a float), Best Vintage Vehicle, and Best Performance (Marching Bands, Dancers, Cheerleaders, etc).
Eubanks asks all participants to be at the Crawford Sports Complex prior to 5:30 to line up. Also, the parade organizers remind everyone that due to safety issues no candy will be throw from the floats or cars this year. Any group wanting to give away candy should have someone walk alongside and hand it out.