The parade began at 6:45, led by this year’s grand marshal, New Orleans Saint and South Side High School alum Jabari Greer.
Children squealed in delight as the flood of blue police lights initiated the parade. The parade included floats carrying groups varying from cub scouts to North Side High School’s ROTC to young toddlers on tractors. Leaders from Jackson such as Mayor Jerry Gist and Senator Lowe Finney personally walked the parade route and handed candy to children along the way. Classic as well as new cars cruised the street, including a smart car with a wind up handle on the back. The children and leaders of Hands Up! as well as RIFA’s Club 412 inspired Christmas spirit as the children who participate in the programs waved to all the crowd.
As the parade reached its conclusion, you could hear children beginning to yell, “Santa’s coming! He’s really coming!” as the fire truck chauffeured Santa himself, giving the reindeer and sleigh another night to rest up before the 24th.
As members of the community, we at Allison Insurance are always proud to attend these spectacular community events. A special thank you to this year’s sponsors: the city of Jackson, Jackson Recreation and parks Department, EPlus 6 TV and First South Bank.