It was a happy and bright Saturday night in downtown Smithville

December 5, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

It was a cheerful and bright Saturday night in downtown Smithville as thousands of spectators celebrated the arrival of the holiday season with the Smithville Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Square.

Even though the weather was cloudy, the temperatures were mild for a December day and the rain resisted. Many parked along the road to see the show as the parade departed from the New Life Connection Center down Congress Boulevard before turning onto Don Cantrell Street near City Hall on its way to the public plaza. . Others gathered downtown to get a closer look at the parade and to collect candy that Santa and other attendees threw at them. After the parade, many people stayed in town shopping and enjoying all that Christmas in the square had to offer, including showcases of LIVE models in several shops, a reception by local officials at the courthouse and at Town Hall who served refreshments, a pet photoshoot with Santa Claus by the DeKalb Animal Coalition at Gayla Hendrix’s law firm, a fun photo booth at the courthouse and a tour with the father Christmas at the Justin Potter Library

DeKalb Funeral Chapel won 1st place for their entry. Second place went to the New West Point Free Will Baptist Church. Hurricane Marina took 3rd place. First Bank won the Spirit Award presented by the Smithville Business and Professional Women’s Club. Honorable mentions for the Spirit Award were Bee’s Body Boutique “Through Thick & Thin” and the DCHS Fighting Tiger Marching Band.

Mr. and Miss DeKalb County Michael and Tara Hale were the grand marshals of the parade.

The parade was sponsored by the Smithville Fire Department.

Two more parades are scheduled today (Sunday).

The Liberty Christmas Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Participants can line up at 1 p.m. on West Main Street. First and second place prizes will be awarded to the best tanks, children and animals, and vintage cars, trucks and tractors. Prize draws for cash giveaways will follow.

Meanwhile, the Alexandria City Christmas Parade will start at 5 p.m. on West Main Street and end in Town Square. There will be awards ceremonies immediately after the parade in the town square.

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