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The Corinth-Alcorn County Christmas Parade will return to the streets of downtown Corinth on Saturday, Dec. 4.

Let’s hope a pandemic won’t stop this year’s Christmas parade.

That’s the wish of Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent who along with Main Street board members is excited about the upcoming holiday parade.

Avent said the Corinth-Alcorn County Christmas Parade – this year themed as “It’s a Candyland Christmas” – is set for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. Applications are now available online and at the Visit Corinth office on Fillmore Street. Avent encourages all local businesses, churches and organizations to take part.

“I’m ready to make this year’s parade the best ever, so we need as many entries as possible,” said Avent. “So many people were disappointed last year when we had to cancel the parade due to the pandemic. We are so happy to be able to bring it back this year. We want to make it bigger and better than ever.”

Entries can include marching bands, walking groups, floats and vehicles.

Entry costs are industrial float $100; business float $75; church, civic club or school float $40; vehicle $40; and walking groups $25. School bands receive free entry. No animals – including horses – are allowed in the parade and only the Main Street Santa will be allowed.

The parade will begin at the First Baptist Church on Fillmore Street and take the normal route through the historic downtown streets of Corinth. It will end after passing Commerce Bank at the intersection of Bunch and Taylor Streets. It normally draws around 100 entries.

Main Street will have a busy day on Dec. 4 with other festive events on the schedule.

Kicking off the day will be the return of the popular Wassail Festival.

Downtown Corinth shops will open their doors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving up a variety of Wassail cider and special holiday sales. A ballot will be handed out to help festival-goers pick the best cider for a chance to win a gift card.

Main Street will also host a Festival of Lights on Dec. 4 to mark the moment when the town’s Christmas tree on the court square lawn lights up for the first time.

Several snow machines will provide a flurry in the air and a holiday movie will be shown. The Commission on the Future of Alcorn County and the Alcorn County Cares initiative will also have holiday-themed entertainment with the Alcorn County Sings choir group during the event.

For more information or to register for the parade, contact Avent at corinth mainstreet@gmail.com or 662-665-1600.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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