With its annual pilgrimage down Clinton Blvd set for Saturday, December 1, the Clinton Christmas parade will provide its festive flair to the 2018 holiday season.
With marching bands, pageant queens, cheerleaders, floats, Boy Scout troops, dance groups and others leading the procession from morrison Drive all the way down Clinton Blvd/Capitol Street to the west end of the Mississippi College campus, Clintonians are expected to line the streets to join in the festivities.
Beginning at 10am, the parade is a more than 40-year-old tradition, always held on the first Saturday in December.
This year’s theme, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” encourages entrants to either depict the iconic holiday movie classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, or share their idea of what makes life in Clinton wonderful. Float entries will be competing to see who can win Best Interpretation of Theme. The parade will also include a motorcycle road show, 114th Military vehicles, the Hinds Hi-Steppers and several bands.
The floats and marching units will pass businesses in the Blvd District and proveed along Clinton Boulevard, the homes of the East Clinton historic District, and the Eat Campus dorms of Mississippi College toweardthe Clinton Parkway. After crossing the Parkway, the parade continues along College Street directly in front of the entrance of Mississippi College to its endpoint near the MC Coliseum.
Guidelines for entries include: there is only one live Santa in the parade, and he rides at the end of the parade; music choices should follow the parade theme; and those wishing to participate should submit their entry form by Wednesday, November 21, with a $25 fee to the Chamber of Commerce. After the deadline date, the entry fee is $35. The entry form and registration fee may be mailed to PO Box 143, Clinton, MS 39060 or dropped by the office at 100 East Leake Street.
Grand marshals of this year’s parade are Mary and David Fehr. They were honored at the beginning of 2018 as Citizens of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. After all of the floats, bands, school and community groups have passed by thousands of cheering fans, Santa Claus will make his grand entrance into the city, accompanied by Mrs. Claus, riding on a big red fire truck.
The appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus signals the end of the parade, but they have graciously agreed to greet their fans and pose for pictures in the gingerbread house that occupies a prominent spot on the Clinton Parkway.
For several years, the Mascagni family has positioned their gingerbread cottage at the site of their business, at the intersection of the Clinton Parkway and East Main Street, as a gift to the children of Clinton. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus and snap candid pictures.
For additional information about the Clinton Christmas Parade, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 601-924-5912.