Ferriday, Vidalia parades set for this weekend

Published 12:01 am Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ferriday — Two Miss-Lou communities will celebrate the season with parades this weekend.

The first parade will begin at 10 a.m. in Ferriday today.

Sponsored by the Ferriday Chamber of Commerce, the parade is the first Saturday in December every year, event contact person with the chamber Judith Bingham said.

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“We never know until the day of the parade how many people are going to participate,” Bingham said.

Though applications to enter the parade by several local businesses have been accepted, those who want to be in the parade can show up at Ferriday High School at 9 a.m. for the line-up free of charge, Bingham said.

The parade will proceed from the high school down E.E. Wallace Boulevard, where it will turn down Louisiana Avenue and will continue down First Street until it ends.

The grand marshal for the Ferriday parade will be the Ferriday Kiwanis Club.

“They had to disband earlier this year, and so we have asked them to be the grand marshals,” Bingham said.

The Kiwanis disbanded in September after their membership dwindled below the required number to maintain a charter.

Though she did not who else would be in the parade, the Delta Music Museum’s float would feature Elvis singing Christmas carols, Bingham said.

The Vidalia Christmas parade will follow Sunday, beginning at 3 p.m. on the Vidalia Riverfront.

This year’s theme is Rocking Around the Christmas Tree, and the parade’s grand marshal will be Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers.

If someone wants to put a float in the parade, it doesn’t cost anything, Vidalia Chamber of Commerce Director Kathy Nunnery said.

“They just need to line up no earlier than 2 p.m. on the riverfront,” she said.

The Vidalia Women’s Club hosts the parade as a community service event, and several community businesses will be open Sunday for open house events in conjunction with the parade, Nunnery said.

Though anyone can enter the parade, Nunnery said that they floats should not have a Santa Claus.

The Vidalia parade will proceed from the riverfront down Carter Street to Vidalia High School.