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Christmas parade set to roll December 3 at 10 a.m.

By Sherry Lucas
Clinton Christmas Parade
The Clinton Christmas parade, presented by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, takes on a sweet and spicy note this year with its “A Gingerbread House Christmas” theme and a hefty frosting of festive holiday spirit.

On December 3, at 10 a.m., the procession begins its annual roll, starting at the old Morrison Heights Baptist Church parking lot and proceeding down Clinton Boulevard onto College Street and past Mississippi College.

With close to 100 entries, including bands, floats, cars, cheerleaders from area schools, businesses and dance studios, the hour-long parade promises a bright, colorful collection of sights and sounds that celebrate the merriest time of year.

“I just think it’s a good time for the community to come together and kick off the holiday season,” said Clinton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Anna Nutt, who prior to this year had just been a parade spectator, enjoying the fun from the sidelines. “Some people go all out on the parade. We’re hoping to see some really good plays on gingerbread houses or gingerbread themes.”
Keep an eye out for catchy confections, candied cabins and snowy structures, as townsfolk sweeten the scene with creativity and verve.
What about costumed marchers?

“I would love that,” Nutt said. “We’ll see. Who knows?”

Clinton High School and Clinton Junior High School bands are among the much-anticipated marching entries.

“Parents and grandparents come out to watch the kids,” Nutt said, adding that the Mississippi College band, another big draw, is also expected.

As always, Santa Claus, riding on the firetruck, is the parade’s grand finale each year, bringing a spotlight close to the annual fun.

While the participant roundup is mostly Clinton-based, it does swing a bit broader than the city limits each year. The Hinds County Sheriff’s Department will be among the entries, and schools from other cities have participated, too, Nutt said.

The Clinton Christmas Parade has been a community staple for nearly fifty years, brightening the streets and the season with a fun outing for families, friends, schools, clubs, organizations and local businesses. It’s every bit as enjoyable as a spectator or a participant, but those who plan to be part of the action need to register via the Clinton Chamber of Commerce website, www.ClintonChamber.org.

Regular registration is $25 ($35 after November 23). Parade rules and guidelines are outlined on the application form.



 

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