HEFLIN — After being postponed for weeks by inclement weather, the Heflin Christmas parade and Holidays on Ross brought merriment to thousands Monday night.
This time the weather was just perfect, according to Heflin City Clerk Shane Smith.
“It’s not too hot, not too cold so it’s a perfect setting for our Holidays on Ross and the Christmas parade, we’re excited,” Smith said.
Smith looked out from a balcony at City Hall overlooking Heflin’s new amphitheater and the property adjoining it, which was teeming with seasonal activities.
The aroma of popcorn and boiled peanuts wafted through the grounds as kids cheerfully played with hula hoops and tossed beanbags. A huge “snow globe” of lights was available for family portraits, and a horse-drawn cart ferried merry-makers around the block.
At the city’s amphitheater various choirs sang familiar Christmas songs while relatives and friends took photos and videos as keepsakes from the jovial exhibition.
“It’s kind of a Hallmark setting for our town. We love it,” Smith said.
Stephanie Triplett of Heflin and her two granddaughters huddled under the awning at Wright’s Drugs on Ross Street to watch the parade.
“We’ve got hot cocoa and cookies from the insurance office over there, they were so gracious,” Triplett said.
Triplett said she was worried the city might have to cancel the parade like last year and was glad “they pulled it off,” as she put it.
“It means a lot to us because it give us time to have quality family time and celebrate Christmas,” Triplett said.
Nancy Mayfield and her daughter Alivia, 4, came to watch the daughter's friends dance at the amphitheater.
“I’m happy that somewhere that I’m from has something like this,” Mayfield said as she took a photo of her daughter.
“It’s exciting. I think it’s great and I’m glad that they rescheduled it again because today the weather is perfect,” said Mayfield.
During the parade kids scrambled in the street harvesting Moon Pies, Tootsie Rolls and other confections thrown from various groups and organizations.
The parade included a variety of vintage cars, fire engines, the Cleburne County High School marching band, church groups galore and a couple of semi-trailer trucks adorned in colorful lights.
The grand marshal of the parade was longtime Heflin resident Lorraine Watson. Two girls carried signs on each side of her convertible which read “102 Years Young!!”
Santa and his elves rounded out the parade followed by a group on horseback.