'Holly Jolly Christmas' theme for next week's Christmas parade
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 AM
"Holly Jolly Christmas" is the theme of Monday's Christmas parade with over 100 units expected including one "surprise entry," officials said.
In conjunction with the parade, winners of the window-decorating contest for area merchants will be announced.
Steve Wilkerson, Philadelphia and Neshoba County's 2013 Citizen of the Year, will lead the parade as grand marshal.
Judges will present first, second and third place awards in four parade categories: civic, religious, commercial and youth. There will also be a Mayor's Award for the best overall entry.
"There is going to be a surprise entry this year that will be revealed at the judges' podium," Tim Moore, director of Main Street and the Chamber of Commerce, said.
The winners of the window-decorating contest will also be announced during the parade.
Awards will be presented for most creative, best window, best outdoor decorations and honorable mention.
There will also be a Mayor's Award for best overall window.
The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and follow the same route as in the past: starting on Poplar Avenue; turning west on Main Street; north on Byrd Avenue; east onto Beacon Street; north on Church Avenue; west on Myrtle Street; and north on Byrd, disbanding at Philadelphia High School.