Chapel Hill, Lewisburg parades Saturday

Friday, December 3, 2010
Lisa Jackson of Lewisburg City Hall and Tracy Tietgens, a homemaker and volunteer, decorate the Christmas tree in front of the Emporium just in time for the Rotary Club's Christmas Parade on Saturday.

Marshall County residents have two Christmas Parades available Saturday with one starting at 10 a.m. in Chapel Hill. The Lewisburg Rotarians' parade starts at 2 p.m.

Here, Snowbird, the big penguin from WSMV-TV Channel 4 in Nashville, will be making an encore appearance as a special guest, according to Lewisburg Rotarian Peggy Hubbard, parade chair.

"Kim Rice will be driving Snowbird in a red convertible from Tiger Boulevard to Lewisburg's square where the parade will turn left to end in Rock Creek Park," Hubbard said. "I'm also told that Santa himself will be here riding on the fire department's big ladder truck and that he will have candy."

Chapel Hill Police Chief Jackie King will "probably be leading the parade" in Chapel Hill, according to Craig Blackwell, chairman of the Chapel Hill Christmas Parade Committee.

A daytime parade in Chapel Hill is a shift in the town's tradition of having an evening parade that provided darkness to allow Christmas lights to shine, but King has been concerned for children's safety when they run to get candy thrown by Santa and others in the parade. Daylight will improve sales for vendors, Blackwell said A daytime parade also provides natural light for photos.

Chapel Hill's parade starts at Chapel Hill Elementary School. Entrants line up by 8:30 a.m. and go north at 10 a.m. to Forrest High School where the parade ends at 11:15 a.m.

Meanwhile, Hubbard says, "The weather is going to be beautiful" with bright skies and a high temperature in the low 50s.

The Rotary Club has presented the parade for more than 10 years. This is Hubbard's ninth year as parade chair.

"The (Lewisburg) parade will last right under an hour," Hubbard said.

Chapel Hill's parade will include its newly announced Citizen of the Year, Tommy Howell, who was surprised with his designation on Thursday night in the town's new Senior Citizens Center.

Howell runs Lawrence Funeral Home, is very active in the Lions Club, and is "really dedicated to his home and really loves his community," Blackwell said.

Miss Lewisburg 2010-11 Kathryn Haislip is the grand marshal of the Rotarians' parade, Hubbard said. Other Rotary dignitaries include: Junior Miss Lewisburg Jacey Perryman; Little Miss Lewisburg Jasmine Shelton; Outstanding Senior Citizen Jack Keny; Volunteer of the Year, City Police Lt. Rebekah Mitchell; and Bob Binkley, expert in the field.

"The Rotary Club presents the parade as a gift to the community," Hubbard said. "There is no fee to be in the parade. The Rotary Club has done it for 10 years that I know of. This is my ninth year to be in charge of it.

"There are 73 entries, not counting antique cars" in the parade, she said. "The cars will ride in one group and there will be lots of horses and wagon in our parade."

In Chapel Hill, Blackman said, the festivities include a 5K run and walk, the Santa Bolt. It will start at 6:15 a.m. in front of Forrest High School for sign ups. Runners will drive to Chapel Hill Elementary School for a race starting at 7 a.m. The runners' course will be through the neighborhoods behind the school. The shift from one school to the other is because the runners' course had been planned to cross the highway, and the change avoids that, but the place to sign in remains because publicity had been issued.

Other events planned in Chapel Hill include: Photos with Santa after the parade; and a dog show and car show, starting at 12 noon at Forrest High School. A baby pageant will be held at 2 p.m.

Snowbird will make his second appearance of the day at the 26th Annual Lynnville Christmas Parade, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, from the Robert Dunnavant Park located on Mill Street. The theme for the parade is "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols." Following the parade, a reception will be held in the Lynnville Municipal Building for everyone to meet the Grand Marshall, Paul Heggen of WSMV-TV, and Snowbird.

Next Saturday, Dec. 11, Petersburg will be holding their parade at 2 p.m. The line-up begins at 1 p.m. at the Old Morgan School and there is no entry fee.