World War II veterans to lead Brookhaven’s Christmas parade

Published 10:17 pm Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Brookhaven-Lincoln County Christmas Parade will start with heroes and end with a saint.

In keeping with the theme of “All-American Christmas,” the grand marshals will be World War II veterans who will ride in a heated van at the front of the parade. Bringing up the rear is Ole St. Nick, the one and only Santa Claus himself.

The parade is traditionally held the Thursday following Thanksgiving, which will be Nov. 30. It begins at 6:30 p.m. on West Cherokee Street.

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It will take its usual route, said Katie Nations with the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce.

That means it starts  on West Cherokee Street and turns right onto South Whitworth Avenue at State Bank. It then turns left on West Chickasaw Street and turns left onto South Railroad Avenue and right onto East Cherokee Street. It takes a left onto South First Street and a left onto East Monticello Street and crosses the railroad tracks to end on West Monticello Street.

All floats should report to the Exchange Club Park loop for placement from 3 to 5 p.m. Preview judging will take place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in the loop and additional judging will occur along the parade route.

Individuals, groups, vehicles and motorcycles should report for line-up at 5 p.m. on Cherokee Street from Brookway Boulevard to South Jackson Street.

The parade will start with the fire brigade at 6:15 p.m. followed by the grand marshals’ vans at 6:30 p.m. Miss Merry Christmas Allie Claire Townsend will be up next and she’ll be followed by Miss Lincoln County Hospitality Shelby Flumm and the rest of the parade entries and area bands.

Nations is asking all WWII veterans who’d like to be in the parade to call the Chamber at 601-833-1411 today to register. They’re coordinating transportation for the veterans, who will be contacted individually with the information closer to the parade.

Parade forms are also available at the Chamber for any group that wants to participate. Entry fee is $35.

The Chamber will host Santa Claus on a special sleigh at the end of the parade, Nations said. Santa and the Chamber’s Junior Ambassadors will toss candy to the crowds.