Christmas parade to see light

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 23, 2007

NATCHEZ — Natchez Christmas Parade organizers are hoping for a little holiday spark for this year’s parade.

The spark they hope for is not in the form of tinsel and glitter. Instead organizers are looking for something with a little more punch — 20 generators.

The generators will be used to power 12 professionally-designed light displays and music systems that will decorate some of the floats that will be used in this year’s parade.

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For the first time in the parade’s history, the event will happen at night. The parade, sponsored by the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. A street party will follow.

Like the annual Krewe of Alpheus Mardi Gras parade, floats will be lit with lights.

“Our goal is to make the Christmas Parade so spectacular that it will become a tourist attraction,” parade committee member Sally Durkin said.

Durkin said that the light displays will depict various holiday scenes.

“A number of merchants have sponsored these displays,” Durkin said.

After the parade, Durkin said that the lights will be taken off the floats and installed along the bluff for residents to see throughout the holidays. Durkin also said the parade committee is still looking for five trucks and 6-by-10-foot trailers to carry the lighted displays.

Those who want to participate or donate the use of a generator to the parade can contact Durkin at the Convention and Visitors Bureau.