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Parade snakes through town Monday

NATCHEZ — Santa Claus will be giving his reindeer the day off Monday and cruising the city’s street in a car during the annual Santa Claus Committee Parade.

Santa will toss candy to children and greet those who line the streets, and he will also be stopping along the way for several parties.

The parade will begin at 8:25 a.m. and will make its way from South Meadow Road to Forrest Drive, South Temple Road, cross Jefferson Davis Boulevard to North Temple Road then take North Meadow Road to Jefferson Davis Boulevard.

The parade will make a left onto Jefferson Davis, a left on Mansfield Drive, a right on Melrose-Montebello Parkway and travel on Arrowhead Drive, Creek Bend Road, Eastwood Road, Oakwood Lane, Maplewood Lane, Westwood Road, Sherwood Drive and make a left on Eastwood Road to Ridgewood Road, then to South Shields Lane to Eastbrook Road.

From Eastbrook, the parade will make a left on John Glenn Drive to Earhart Drive and travel on Lindberg Avenue. The parade will then loop around Margaret Avenue to take a left on Liberty Road.

The parade will make its first stop at 9:15 a.m. at Twin Oaks on Homochitto Street.

The parade will depart from Twin Oaks at 9:45 and head to the Dunkerron subdivision. The parade will take a left on Briarwood Road and travel on Tanglewood Road and Rollingwood Drive back to Briarwood, then on to Highland Boulevard.

The parade will cruise the Highland subdivision on Pecan Way, Woodville Drive, cross Highland Boulevard and continue on Woodville Drive to MacGregor Drive to Pecan Way. The parade will then take a left on Highland, a right on Seargent S. Prentiss Drive then a left on Live Oak Drive to The Trees subdivision.

The parade will travel on Live Oak Drive to Pecanwood Drive, back to Live Oak to Old Prentiss Highway, then Melrose Avenue. The parade will take Conner Loop to Linden Place for its second stop at the home of Melrose to Conner Loop to the house of Mrs. Jeanette Feltus, David and Marjorie Feltus Hawkins.

The parade will leave Linden Place at approximately 10:45 and head to the Roselawn subdivision.

In Roselawn, the parade will travel on North Circle, Roselawn and Itasca drives, Marquette and Wood avenues.

The parade will take Seargent S. Prentiss and John R. Junkin drives to the Glenwood Drive.

The parade will take Glenwood Drive, Dana Road, John R. Junkin Drive and Homochitto Street to make its way Braden School at 11:15 a.m.

Santa Claus will then hand out gifts to local children in the auditorium.

The parade will depart from Braden School at noon and take Homochitto Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Street, then travel on Main, Canal and Franklin streets.

The Santa Claus Committee will then stop for lunch at 12:15 p.m. at the Natchez Convention Center.

The committee will leave the convention center at 1 p.m. and head to the Natchez Children’s Home.

The parade will resume at 2 p.m. and will travel Union Street, Woodlawn Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr., Rankin and Orleans streets to its third stop at 2:10 p.m.

The parade will head to the Oakland subdivision at approximately 2:40 p.m. and travel on Oakland Drive and Morgantown Road.

The parade will then make its way to Brooklyn subdivision and travel Second Street, Brooklyn Drive, Magnolia Avenue to the Brookfield subdivision.

From Brookfield Drive, the parade will travel Horseshoe Drive, Morgantown Road, U.S. 61, Liberty and Old Pond roads to its final stop at Oakhurst Drive.

The parade will start again at 3:40 p.m.

The Santa Claus Committee got its start in Natchez in 1928, when a group of businessmen decided they wanted to ensure that even the less-fortunate local children have a happy Christmas.

The committee exists only for charitable purposes, and members pay yearly dues to participate in the parade.