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Christmas Parade rolls through the streets of Picayune

The Civic Woman's Club of Picayune 59th Christmas Parade rolled through the streets of Picayune on Monday night with one of the largest lineups in recent years, much to the delight of the massive crowd.

The crowd lined up early with some people arriving as early as 3:00pm to stake out their favorite spot, in some cases, by securing a spot with a pickup truck or a utility trailer in anticipation of the 6:00pm parade starting time. Many came equipped with food, drink, and buckets or bags ready to haul in or store their catch from the floats.

Parade chairperson, Ms. Leslie Lincoln, was pleased with the outcome.

" I think we had some really beautiful entries, and a great turn-out."

Photos by Carey Meitzler/WRJW

Heritage Plastics (front and rear view) took Best Overall

Police Captain Theresa Milar, who was very busy assisting in getting the parade entries off to a good start at the intersection of Kirkwood and Goodyear Blvd was a little awestruck by the size of the crowd and floats.

"I've never seen so many people this early in the parade route."

A short time later, she added "I don't think we've ever had this many long floats. I'm just amazed!"

Grand Marshall Cindy Murchison

“Two Hundred Years of Christmas” parade winners:

Best Overall---Heritage Plastics

Founders’ Special Award---Girl Scout Troop 5864

Grand Marshall’s Award ---Toys for Tots

Mayor’s Special Award ---DN Orthodontics

President’s Special Award ---Picayune Oriental Martial Arts College

Most Beautiful Float ---Phillips Building Supply

Most Inspiring Float ---Lee’s Chapel #1 Baptist Church

Most Original Float ---Southern Technical Aquatic Resource

Best Decorated Truck ---Tut’s Toys

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