Natchez Christmas parade needs help

Published 12:01 am Sunday, November 25, 2007

You’re probably thinking, “OK, what now Sally?” And I know that I ask for a lot, and quite often, but when it comes to asking for things that affect the lives of everyone in the community, you will always find me at the plate.

I became a part of the Christmas parade committee very late in the planning stages, but I was extremely pleased with what they were working toward.

Imagine having a Christmas parade that people would drive from McComb or Brookhaven to watch because it’s so awesome. Then imagine even more people coming to Natchez to drive along our beautiful bluff to see the fantastic lighted display, which the floats become once the parade is finished. Well, if all goes as planned, that is exactly what should begin to occur.

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But! And it’s a big one … none of that can happen without your help. Darrell White submitted an article to The Democrat not long ago, asking for pick up trucks and trailers; size doesn’t matter, and now we find we need about 15 to 20 portable generators, small, medium or large.

Oh, did I mention that the parade rolls at night? Well, it does, and the floats (at least the 12 that will have a variety of lighted Christmas themed designs) will have to have generators to run the lights. The additional generators will be utilized to provide power to sound systems for the local artists that we’re hoping will perform karaoke style Christmas carols at stops along the way.

So… if you’ve always wondered what you could do to help improve the quality of life in Natchez, call Darrell at the NAPAC museum, 601-445-0728, or Carrie Lambert at Natchez Downtown Development Association, 601-442-2929, and be a big part of something truly wonderful.

The parade is set to roll at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 so please let them know as soon as possible that you can help. The theme this year is “Natchez Children’s Christmas,” so don’t do this because I asked you, do it for them. And don’t forget to stick around for the street party that will immediately follow the parade. Thank you.

Sally Durkin is the media liason for the Natchez Convention and Visitors Bureau.