Christmas parade is gift
The first-ever downtown Paris Christmas parade kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Jaycees, the event features approximately 30 entries, according to Matthew Plumley who co-chairs the event with Dwayne Baldwin.
The Marching Patriot Band will lead the parade which includes a number of church groups, daycare centers, scout troops, businesses and individuals in floats, cars and wagons. Many of the winners of the Miss Merry Christmas Pageant will be in the lineup as well as ol’ St. Nick, who will arrive with his favorite reindeer and elves on a fire engine.
“We’ve been more than pleased with the turn out for the parade,” said Plumley. “This is the Jaycees Christmas present to the community.”
There’s an evening full of post-parade fun. Santa will be at his house visiting with children, and Project Graduation Elves will take photos with the big man in red for a $5 donation. Point Pleasant Baptist Church offers a living nativity scene, and the Henry County High School Madrigals will perform. Shoppers can make last minute purchases with downtown merchants, many of whom will be open late.
The parade begins at First United Methodist Church and heads north on Poplar Street. It turns left on Washington Street and loops around the Court Square, turning left again on Market Street. It winds back to the church parking lot, turning left on Blythe Street in front of Paulette’s.
Trophies will be awarded in three categories: Most Christmas Spirit, Best Concept and the Clark Griswald Award (Most Lit Entry).
“Anyone who has seen ‘Christmas Vacation’ will understand that award,” said Plumley. “It’s all about lots of lights.” Awards will be presented prior to parade.
It’s not too late to enter the festivities. Contact Matthew Plumley for more information at (731) 642-5925.