The Corinth/Alcorn County Christmas Parade is on.
After threats from increased COVID-19 cases first sought to cancel the annual event, Main Street Corinth Director Angela Avent said worry no more.
The parade will happen on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in downtown Corinth pending any state and local restrictions prevent it.
The theme this year is fitting, according to Avent.
“We’re doing ‘The Grinch that tried to steal Christmas,’ because that’s what has basically happened,” said Avent. “We are just happy to finally be able to officially announce that we will have a parade unless some restriction is in place on Dec. 5.”
She’s also reminding those building floats or planning to participate to follow any restrictions or guidelines in place at the time of the parade.
“Use that as a way to determine how many people can safely ride on a float,” said the director. “The marching bands will also be spaced out more than normal, so the parade may end up being longer in time and length.”
The parade will begin at First Baptist Church on Fillmore and will take the normal route through the historic downtown streets of Corinth ending following the intersection of Bunch and Taylor Street. Entries will include marching bands, walking groups, floats, vehicles and, of course, a special guest appearance by Santa Claus.
Entry costs include 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.
Avent said due to COVID, the parade lineup will not be released prior to the parade. Position numbers will be available at the information tent setup at First Baptist Church beginning at 11 a.m. on parade day.
Deadline to register is Nov. 17 and payment is non-refundable.