Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 23, 2001
The route for the Santa Claus Committee Parade is:
7 a.m.: Meet at Andrew’s Tavern, 325 Main St.
Pick up Santa, Gerry Winters, 102 Overton Road; Leave Main Street to Wall, left to State Street, right to John Quitman, right on Melrose-Montebello to U.S. 61 South, right to the Hills Subdivision and right onto Overton.
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7:30 a.m.: Entourage begins. Approximately one and a half hours.
Left on U.S. 61 North to Trees Subdivision and right on Pecanwood to Old Prentiss Highway and right on U.S. 61 North to John R. Junkin and to bridge.
8: a.m. Crossover to Vidalia, La. Turn right at the Sandbar Restaurant, then right on Concordia Avenue, then left onto Riverside. From Riverside, turn left on Alabama to Oak, left on Oak to Concordia Avenue. Take right on Concordia Avenue to Murray Drive. Take right to High School and back around to U.S. 84, then left on U.S. 84 to Azalea. Turn right on Azalea to Apple, right on Peach which turns into Palm which turns into Myrtle. Right on John Dale, then left on Pine.
8:30 a.m. First stop: Hosts Bruce and Nancy Laird, 110 Pine St. (approximately 20 minutes).
8:50 a.m.: Back to bridge and cross into Natchez. Proceed on John R. Junkin to Canal Street, left to State Street and right to John Quitman. Right on Margaret Lane and loop to lower side of Lindberg and left to Earhart, right to John Glenn (Turtle Lane and Byrd Court children will have to meet at corner of Lindberg and Earhart due to route). John Glenn to Eastbrook and left onto Holly Drive and loop back to Eastbrook, and left to Seargent S. Prentiss Drive and left to Montebello on Ridgewood. Right on Westwood, left on Kenwood to Ridgewood, right to Eastwood to Sherwood. Right on Sherwood to Westwood, left to Edgewood to Eastwood, left on Maplewood left to Beechwood, right on Oakwood to Maplewood, right to Eastwood and left to Sherwood, up hill to Shields Lane, left to Melrose-Montebello Parkway, and right to Ratcliff, left to Park Place, right to Auburn, right to Robinson, right to Wheeler, left to Merrill to Auburn, take right on Auburn.
9:30 a.m.: Second stop: Hosts James and Ruthie Cole, 136 Auburn Ave. Invited guests only (approximately 30 minutes).
10 a.m.: Travel Auburn to right on John Quitman to Melrose, right to Brightwood, right to Mississippi Avenue and right to North Circle. Cross Roselawn to South Circle. Right on Roselawn Drive to Miller, right to Itasca and left to Roselawn. Left to Marquette Avenue and right to Itasca, left to Roselawn and right to Melrose-Montebello. Left to Seargent S. Prentiss and right to Jefferson Davis Boulevard. Right on Jefferson Davis Boulevard to Woodville Drive and right to MacGregor Way, left to Pecan Way. Right to Stahlman and right to Woodville, cross Jefferson Davis Boulevard to end of Pecan Way and right to Jefferson Davis Boulevard. Left to Briarwood and left on Briarwood to Rollingwood Road. Left to Tanglewood and right to Lower Woodville Road and left to Highland Boulevard. Left to U.S. 61 South and left to Melrose-Montebello Parkway.
10:30 a.m.: Third stop: Hosts Clay and Angela Gibson, 94 Melrose-Montebello Parkway. Invited guests only (approximately 25 minutes).
10:55 a.m.: Leave Melrose-Montebello Parkway to Melrose and left on Ratcliff and right on Auburn to Winchester. Left to Homochitto.
11:30 a.m.: Stop at Braden School Auditorium for Children’s Christmas Tree distribution.
12:15 p.m.: Homochitto left to Briel Avenue, left to Canal Street, left and through the Natchez Visitor Reception Center parking lot and cross John R. Junkin Street.
12:15 p.m. Ramada Inn Hilltop: Lunch and break. (Invited guests only).
1:15 p.m.: Leave Ramada and right on John R. Junkin to Canal Street and left to State Street and right to Pearl Street to Guardian Shelter. Stop at Shelter. Leave and turn right on Maple to Elm and right to Union Street.
1:15 p.m.: Stop at Natchez Children’s Home at 806 N. Union St.
1:45 p.m.: Depart Natchez Children’s Home, left to Woodlawn Street, right to Martin Luther King Jr. Street.
2 p.m.: Seventh stop: Hosts Gary and Carolyn Guido, 1268 Martin Luther King Jr. Road (approximately 25 minutes).
2:30 p.m. Depart Martin Luther King Jr. Road, take right to Wilson Road, Left to truck scales and U.S. 61 South to Intersection of Seargent S. Prentiss Drive and Melrose-Montebello Parkway, left to Arrowhead.
2:45 p.m. Eighth stop: Hosts Kevin and April Colburt, 200 Arrowhead.
Final stop, all depart from the location without escort.