Editor's note: The Webster's Chapel Christmas parade, listed below, has been rescheduled to Dec. 8.
Anyone who lacks in Christmas spirit should mark their calendars for these parades around Calhoun County.
Jacksonville, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m. The Jacksonville parade begins at Pelham Plaza at the old Winn Dixie and proceeds on Alabama 21 to JSU’s Houston Cole Library. Six bands will be in the parade, along with the Scouts, car clubs, and Pleasant Valley and Jacksonville youth organizations. The theme is “Rebuilding Jacksonville, One Brick at a Time.” Grand Marshal is retiring police chief Tommy Thompson. Santa Claus will be behind the JSU Marching Southerners band.
Hobson City, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. The parade will be followed by the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Rev. Dennis McKinney, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, will deliver a Christmas message.The children's choirs from New Hope and Oak Ridge Baptist Churches will sing. There will also be live music in the park.
Weaver, Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. The parade begins at Weaver Elementary School and ends at Weaver City Park. The Grand Marshal is coach Daryl Hamby, who is retiring this year. In addition to the parade, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. the city will host Christmas in the Park. The Weaver High School alumni group will host a chili contest that will feed parade participants first and then the public; the Lions Club will host a hot-dog meal that will do the same. A craft show will go throughout the day. Selfies with Santa will available. “Everyone is welcome to both participate and attend,” said mayor Wayne Willis. “This is the biggest parade since I have been mayor.”
Piedmont, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music on Main Street leading up to the time of the parade, which starts at the National Guard Armory. A certain white-bearded man will end the parade. “We are expecting another great Christmas parade,” said mayor Bill Baker.
Oxford, Dec. 6, 6 p.m. The parade will begin at Simmons Park and proceed on Main Street through Historic Downtown Oxford. Bull Crosson, a member of the Oxfordfest committee, said high school bands from Anniston, Alexandria, Ohatchee and Oxford are to play. Santa can be seen at the parade’s end.
Alexandria, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m. The Alexandria High School band will be featured in this year’s parade, along with Santa riding on a fire truck. There will also be antique cars and floats hosted by various church and charitable groups. Afterwards, Santa will greet children in the Ronnie Carr Park pavilion. The Verosa Club will sell refreshments in the community center. A food truck will sell hot dogs, popcorn and other refreshments. Children’s choirs will perform after the parade in the park.
RESCHEDULED -- Webster’s Chapel, Dec. 8, 11 a.m. The annual Redneck Christmas Parade along Webster’s Chapel Road features riding lawn mowers and tractors. It will be followed by the first annual Community Chili Cookoff. To enter the cookoff, contact David Bryant at WCUMC3@gmail.com. Everyone else can enter the community center and eat chili for $5.
Anniston, Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m. The parade will take place on Noble Street from 16th to Ninth streets. The Music Box will emcee the parade, and the Grand Marshals are small business owners from downtown Anniston. The theme is “Christmas Stories.” Anniston Parks and Recreation Department and the staff of Main Street are sponsoring the parade.