Ferriday Christmas parade delights all

Published 12:34 am Sunday, December 2, 2007

Ferriday residents lined E.E. Wallace Boulevard for blocks Saturday morning to waive at Santa and catch some candy.

Parade participants ranged from horses to floats to tractors.

Calvin Bowman takes his family to the town’s Christmas parade every year.

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“It’s a tradition,” Bowman said. “We even have the same spot every year.”

Bowman’s 2-year-old daughter, Calvin’yna, perched on his shoulders for a better view.

“”I brought my baby to see Santa clause,” he said. “And for the candy. She loves candy. And to see the cars and the band.”

Civic clubs and law enforcements waved, and politicians in convertibles threw candy. Parade participants and onlookers both shouted, “Merry Christmas!”

Anntoinette Slack brought her three children to the parade. Two scrambled for candy while the wide-eyed baby sat on her lap.

“The weather was nice,” Slack said. “This is our first year to come to the parade in Ferriday. We’re enjoying ourselves. The people are very friendly.”

For Cager Dison and his family, parades are an annual Christmastime tradition.

“Every year, we come see it,” Dison said. “Then, we catch the one in Alexandria and Vidalia.”

Cousins Lushonna, 13, and Ariel Carter, 15, are faithful parade-watchers, too.

“I like to do school spirit, so I like to see the band,” Lushonna, a Ferriday Junior High student, said.

The two have both been in parades and watched them. But it’s more fun to watch, she said.

Latoya Smith was on the sidelines watching her son, Brenden, waive from a float.

“I come to all these, to celebrate Christmas, and the kids get to see Santa,” she said.

Other Miss-Lou towns will host their holiday parades soon, too. Vidalia’s parade will be today at 3 p.m., and Natchez will have its parade 6 p.m. Dec. 8.