Last year I attended the Grenada Christmas Parade for the first time in over a decade. It was my first opportunity to enjoy it since moving back from Alabama. It was on a weekday as it traditionally was. I don’t know whether the parade organizers or St. Nick himself had the great idea to change it to a Saturday this year, but it was a great call. It could have just been my vantage point near the downtown square this year, but it appeared that attendance and participation was up.
Here’s the start of the parade. A black and white Tahoe police cruiser. It was immediately followed up with a Christmas Banner carried by the ROTC of Grenada High School.
Spectators lined the streets as cars paced along the parade route. It has been quite some time since World War II ended, but these guys still looked great. These World War II veterans were chosen as the Grand Marshals. They were followed up with the city council in close pursuit.
The City of Grenada would be nothing without great Grenada County elections.
Something that I felt was a little lacking from Grenada’s parade last year that I am used to seeing more of was fixed this year. Kicking off the return of the float was Elliot Baptist Church. It was pretty obvious there is some talent among the members there.
Speaking of talent, here comes the world’s greatest marching band. It’s not opinion. It’s the truth. No fake news here. I dare you to find anyone out of step or tune within the Grenada High School Band.
There was so much beauty in the parade that the City of Grenada presented a float in the middle. Miss Mississippi, Little Miss Thunder on Water, King and Queen of All Saints House Sr. Complex, and Teeny Miss Magnolia State graced the streets.
These are a wee too big to place under tree or get down your chimney for your kids, but they will surely put it out in the event of a fire. Hopefully, you stay safe and only need to see these huge firetrucks during festive celebrations.
Prior to leaving Alabama, my daughter had just been introduced to dance. It was something that I knew she would miss. Thankfully, there is dance in Grenada too as seen by the Charisma Dance Company.
I’m not sure if there is a relation, but Charles and Brenda Vance followed up with two beautiful antique cars, a 1964 Chevy and 1955 Chevy respectively. The riders of the float in the rear were a little too young to drive, but Ms. Mary’s Little Learners will get there one day.
And here comes Little Miss and Tiny Miss Sunburst Queen and the Boys and Girls Club of Grenada. The Grenada Middle School Band stepped in the name of Christmas behind them. Grenada Schools has a great band program!
Lirio Calero had a great float proceeded the Wahari Shrine, who in my opinion, probably has the most fun in the parade with their carts and motorcycles. Maybe Santa will bring me a go cart?
It looks like there is more than one choice for learning some moves in the area as Legacy Dance Academy shows up leading an antique car, Tiny Miss Fire, fire trucks and a float by Kirk Auto Co. & Kirk Brothers.
Practice what you preach couldn’t be shown any better than the Grenada Health & Wellness Community Council Walking Unit. That reminds me that I need to strap on my Fitbit. The next few parade participants didn’t need such as they were floats and fire trucks. Never would I expect Miss Grenada County and Miss Thunder on Water to walk Main Street in stilettos though. The following float had to take some time!
Several floats, an antique ride and fire trucks from Gore Springs blanketed the streets as a buffer until Holmes Community College made an appearance with the homecoming maids.I see someone I know! I recently met both Miss Grenada County and Miss North Central Mississippi during at First and Green as the Grenada Pop-Up Choir met and performed live on Facebook.
There were almost 80 entries, if not more, in the Christmas parade this year. That’s hardly anything to sneeze at. However, it’s never complete without the jolly one himself, Santa Claus!
Merry Christmas everyone!