Thursday, November 30, 2006
Downtown parade rolls Saturday
By SUE WATSON
Graham Miller, a longtime Holly Springs merchant, will serve as grand marshal of this year’s Christmas parade, set to begin at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Miller began working in his father Ernest G. Miller’s store as a youngster, served in the military, graduated from college, then set out to follow his father’s footsteps. He has been a local merchant for 60 years and will be 85 in January 2007.
This is his first time to serve as grand marshal. His grandchildren are expected to accompany him Saturday.
Holly Springs’ first Christmas parade, as it is now known, began in 1989. Previous grand marshals were Charles Thomas, Tubby Gresham, Lois Swanee, W.A. McMillan, the Eddie Lee Smith family, Ruth Kloha, Al Hale, Artis Walton, Henderson Milan, John Dabney Brown, Leta Belk, Billy Newsom, Ed Rather, Missy Hurdle, Glenn Fant and Gladys Slayden.
Parade participants should gather in the parking lot of the old Colonial Building at 3 p.m. Saturday for line up. All riders and floats should be in place by 4 p.m. for judging of the floats. The parade leaves the parking lot at 5 p.m. along Van Dorn Avenue, will circle the courthouse, exit the square on East College Avenue, turn right on Randolph and go back to the point of origin on Van Dorn.
Some participants expected to be in the parade include dance teams, cheerleading squads, four-wheeler riders, church floats, the Relay For Life float, a fleet of antique cars from Tupelo, majorettes, cougarettes, drummers and Jr. R.O.T.C. from Northside High School in Memphis, a Trinity Missions float, an ICS Head Start float, and Santa Claus, according to Susan Jordan, director of the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the event.
Rain day is set for Monday next week, she said.
Also, December 13 at dusk is set as the day for judging the Christmas Tree lighting contest, Jordan said. Every home and business within the city limits is eligible.
“Just be sure your lights are on than night beginning at dark,” Jordan said.
Four categories are included in the judging - best door, best commercial, most original and best overall residential lighting.
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