Christmas parades begin this Saturday

Now that we’ve given thanks for the turkey and the dressing it’s time to have a parade!

Dates and times have been announced for Sherman, Toccopola, Ecru, Pontotoc and Thaxton.

Three Christmas parades are set for this Saturday, December 1, including ones at Sherman, Toccopola and Ecru.

Pontotoc’s Christmas parade is set for Monday night, December 3, and Thaxton’s Parade is set for Friday night, December 7.

Sherman

Sherman’s Christmas parade is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

There is no particular theme for the parade, but if you wish to enter a float, please pick up a registration form at city hall.

Parade entries and floats should be at the Barclay Building by 12 noon to line up for judging, which begins at 1 p.m.

Float awards will be given in several categories, including: business or church; sports; antique, best overall and others.

Toccopola

Toccopola’s Christmas parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

Additional entries are needed for the parade, which will line up at 4:30 p.m. and start at 5:30.

“Old Timey” Christmas in Toccopola will be the theme.

After the parade, everyone is invited to the Toccopola Community Building for food and fellowship. The Fishers of Men will sing as well as other entertainment.

For more parade information, please contact Bart Ratliff at 662-213-6623.

Ecru

Ecru’s Christmas parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.

There is no entry fee or theme for the parade, but the deadline to register is Wednesday, November 28.

Entry forms are available at Ecru Town Hall (489-3881).

Pontotoc

When Pontotoc’s Christmas parade rolls down Main Street on Monday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., it will mark the city’s 60th anniversary of hosting a Christmas parade.

The theme of Pontotoc’s 2012 Christmas parade is “60 Years of Christmas Memories.”

However, the “written in stone” ENTRY DEADLINE for participating in the parade is 4:30 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28.

Entry forms may be picked up at the Pontotoc County Chamber/Main Street Association office at 109 North Main Street, Pontotoc.

There is a $20 entry fee for commercial and non-commercial entries. For more information call the chamber at 489-5042.

Ellen Russell, Chamber/Main Street Director, stresses that submission of an application to participate in the Pontotoc Christmas parade “implies that the policy rules have been read and will be adhered to.”

Russell said that horses and wagons will be allowed in this year’s parade, but participation rules will be strictly enforced.

“Each horse must be registered with a saddle club, or horse club, to take part in the parade,” Russell stressed.

“There is a $5 entry fee for each horse and rider and a wagon fee is $10.

“Application for horses must be signed by the club officials and rider participating.”

Thaxton

Thaxton’s Christmas parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday night, December 7.

Parade entries should begin lining up at 5:30 p.m.

There is no entry fee charge and floats may choose their own Christmas theme.

To register a parade entry persons may contact: Sammie Jaggers at 489-4888; Mayor Johnny Coleman at 419-2665; or Cindi Webb at 489-2567.

There will be coffee and hot chocolate available at the community house downtown.

Following the parade, a $5 stew, dessert and drink will be served at the Thaxton Community Park building.

Proceeds from the stew will go into the Christmas parade fund.

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