Several towns will hold holiday events
By MArk H. Stowers
The Bolivar Bullet
Christmas spirit is in the air and local communities have all of Santa’s elves scurrying about planning parades. From Cleveland to Rosedale and beyond, communities are busy getting their Christmas parades together for participants and attendees.
Head towards the river on December 1st for the Rosedale Christmas Parade that starts at 4:30 p.m. The lineup will be behind the high school. One of the coordinators, Kim Green, noted it’s the first time in a long time to celebrate Christmas with a parade.
“From the pandemic till now, we are rebuilding. We are getting everything back rolling. We’ll have something for the kids to see. The last one we had was 2019 and we had a good turnout,” she said. “After the parade, we normally get in front of the courthouse and sing Christmas carols. And we’ll serve hot dogs and hot chocolate.”
If you need more information, contact Green or Gwendolyn Bunn, Jaqueline Smith or Beverly Stafford. They would like to invite anyone who wants to be in the parade to contact them.
Thursday December 2nd is the date for the Cleveland Christmas Parade. The nighttime affair kicks off at 6:00 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. For those interested in participating, there is a $10 fee and registration is online at www.clevelandchristmasparade.com. Lineup begins promptly at 4:00 p.m.
Parade spectators and residents are asked not to park on First Avenue during the parade to allow room for the floats and bands. The parade includes plenty of superheroes and cartoon characters such as Buzz and Woody, Minions, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Hulk, Iron Man and Thor. Treats include cotton candy, popcorn and hot chocolate. There will also be a float contest.
Sponsored by the Mound Bayou Civic Club, the Mound Bayou Christmas Parade takes place on Friday December 3rd. Participants will line up at 4:30 p.m. and the parade will begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. Former Mayor Darryl Johnson.
“We look forward to a fun festive time and the joy of coming together,” Johnson said.
The Ruleville Chamber of Commerce restarted the annual event back in 2011 and takes place on Monday December 6th at 5:30 p.m. The parade will line up on Barack Obama Avenue between Highway 8 and Floyce Street. Participants will be assigned a number in the parade route and a Ruleville Chamber Board Members will be available to assist with lineup. Participants need to start lining up at 4:45 p.m.
The Merigold Christmas Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday December 10th. There will be hot chocolate, cookies and hot dogs available. There will also be a Christmas movie shown.
Enjoy Santa and his many visits to Delta area towns with each and every Christmas Parade.