Make your plans for Saturday’s Tupelo parade

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Holiday cheer will move through downtown on Saturday during the 62nd Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade.
“We have about 100 entries in total,” said Allie West, program associate with the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, which oversees the parade.
Entries need to be in place by 9 a.m. at the BancorpSouth Arena parking log for judging. The parade will start at 10 a.m.
“Our grand marshals are the Lee County and Tupelo Public School district choir programs,” West said. “All of our choir students and teachers will be grand marshals.”
They’ll lead the procession west on Jefferson Street, south on Robins Street and east on Main Street. The parade will disband at Fairpark.
Expect to see floats, classic cars, walking groups and horses, as well as marching bands from throughout Northeast Mississippi.
In addition, Boy Scouts will walk the parade route and collect non-perishable food items.
“All of the food they collect will go to local food pantries,” West said.
Cans also may be dropped off at the Tupelo Fire Station and Russell Orthodontics.
Everyone’s invited to stay downtown to shop, or to visit the Home Sweet Home gingerbread house display at the BancorpSouth Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
But don’t leave before Santa Claus marks the parade’s official end.
“Don’t worry,” West said. “He has elves who are making the toys while he’s away and participating in the Tupelo Christmas Parade.”

Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.