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Festive Easter decorations hop onto local streets

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat —An Easter bunny dressed in his festive yellow top hat and tails welcomes visitors to Renee and Pete Cantu’s house on Washington Street.

Ben Hillyer/The Natchez Democrat —An Easter bunny dressed in his festive yellow top hat and tails welcomes visitors to Renee and Pete Cantu’s house on Washington Street.

Much like the mysterious Easter Bunny, a festive wreath appears on Bubba Spell’s front door before each major holiday.

“They appear like magic,” said Spell while admiring his home’s latest decoration, a feather-embellished wreath with dangling beads. “My wife, Mary Ann, she puts them up. She has a wreath for every holiday. Mardi Gras, Christmas, Halloween — you name it, she has a wreath.”

Spell said he’s always surprised by Mary Ann’s creative decorations.

“I really have no idea when she puts them up,” he said. “This year’s Easter wreath is especially funny — I like it a lot.”

Similar to Spell’s wreath, Dianne Brown said her State Street home received an unexpected splash of pastel a few weeks ago.

“I won a wreath last fall while at a fundraiser,” Brown said.

Michael Vincent’s front yard on State Street is filled with Easter decorations, including a parade of bunnies marching along Vincent’s front hedge.

Michael Vincent’s front yard on State Street is filled with Easter decorations, including a parade of bunnies marching along Vincent’s front hedge.

Sherry Byrne, the creative hands behind the wreath, surprised Brown by placing the wreath on Brown’s door while she was away.

With fluffy pink ribbon and pastel eggs peeking out behind a whimsical bunny, Brown said she was instantly smitten with her door decoration.

“I posted a photo (of the wreath) on Facebook and got over 100 likes,” Brown said. “I’ll probably use it again next year.”

And while some Easter wreaths are gifts, others are purchased on a whim — but that doesn’t make them any less special.

For Lee Carby, a quick trip to the Natchez Walmart proved a success for finding the perfect Easter decoration for her State Street house.

“I usually don’t put up any decorations, but I saw this one and thought it would be nice,” said Carby, adding that her wreath cost $12.99 — and it was worth every penny. “It’ll probably be back next year.”

Carby’s wreath features a few pastel eggs and serves as the perfect compliment to her downtown house, she said.

Not all Easter decorations are as modest as Carby’s, though.

Michael Vincent, a native of Bellechasse, La., houses his Easter decorations in a storage unit because there simply isn’t enough space in his 607 State St., house to store everything.

“The kids, they’ve come to expect it now,” Vincent said of his front yard, which is currently coated with Easter decorations.

While living in Louisiana, Vincent said he and his mother, Jean Vincent, would always decorate for the holidays.

When they moved to Natchez, Michael said it just seemed logical to carry on the tradition.

“I add and subtract decorations every year,” Michael said. “It’s just a fun thing that we always look forward to doing.”

Throughout Natchez, other houses are wearing their Easter best, too. And Michael said its Natchez’s festive holiday spirit that makes it comparable to a “little New Orleans.”

“It’s great that the community gets into the spirit,” Michael said. “It’s one of the reasons why I love living here.”

 

 

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