By Danza Johnson | NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Grinch that stole Christmas couldn’t steal Tupelo’s Christmas spirit at Saturday’s annual parade.
The float featuring the infamous holiday grouch whose claim to fame was stealing Christmas from children was among the most popular in the Reed’s Christmas Parade. Themed an All American Christmas, a title awarded to Tupelo earlier this year, the parade was as big and as long as ever. Hundreds of people lined the parade route to watch the nearly two-hour show.
The day’s festive events was kicked off with the running of the Christmas Parade 5k.
Dozens of runners, some pushing disabled youth and adults in wheelchairs, participated in the race. After the runners had done their part, it was time for the parade. Unlike years past, the weather was near perfect. By the time the parade started, temperatures were in the mid-50s.
“Now this is parade weather,” said Tupelo’s Margaret Simmons. “It’s not every year you see people taking their coats off during the Christmas parade. I’m actually enjoying this one more than any in the past.”
Even though the wonderful weather was a big bonus to parade patrons, the floats and bands were still the stars of the show.
“They get more elaborate every year,” one man said of the floats when the Grinch rolled down Main Street. “They are bigger and better than they were last year. You can tell that a lot of work goes into building these floats. That Grinch float is amazing.”
As always, the Partlow Drummers was a crowd favorite.
As the popular marching band passed through, showcasing its flamboyant marching style, people in the crowd danced along with them and some even walked in the street to join them.
“You can’t have a Christmas parade without the Partlow Drummers,” said Kelvin Morris of Tupelo. “They are the most entertaining bunch you’ll ever see. With all their energy, they put me in the holiday spirit.”
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