By SHERRY DIGMON
With an eye to the sky, organizers and participants moved ahead with the Chamber’s Annual Twilight Christmas Parade Saturday night, December 12. About an hour before parade start time, the rain came down. Then it let up. Then it drizzled a little more. But the parade rolled on time – much to everyone’s delight and relief.
Not only was this year’s parade in question because of the weather, but the coronavirus was on everyone’s mind. Atmore is one of the very few towns in this area that did not cancel the parade.
So the parade rolled despite the virus and despite the weather. Some folks on the floats and the accompanying walkers got a little wet. Sadly, a whole lot of candy was left on the streets as it was thrown into water or got wet in the drizzle.
Of course, one of the highlights of the parade is the arrival of Santa who rode on the First National Bank & Trust float this year.
Judges viewed the floats at the staging area at city hall. First place went to Comfort Care, second place to Atmore Community Hospital, and third place to State Line Tire Shop. NWE Football won the Judges Choice Award.
Myrna Monroe served as this year’s Grand Marshal.
The Chamber counts the parade a great success.
“The spirit of Christmas was alive and well in Atmore Saturday night,” Chamber president Emilee Waters said. “I believe our participants had just as much fun as the onlookers! Enjoyment and excitement could be seen all over the children’s faces who lined the streets. The Twilight Christmas Parade was an absolute success! Something normal in all the chaos we call 2020.”
Parade vehicles were furnished by Johnson Ford.