By Trent Moore
The holiday spirit made its way through downtown Hanceville Saturday, as part of the seventeenth annual Cullman County Christmas Parade.
Church floats, the local National Guard, high school bands, local businesses and civic groups made up the brunt of the procession — which marched from Wallace State Community College to the town hall for approximately 30 minutes early Saturday afternoon.
Organizer JoAnn Walls said the event is always an important time for the community.
“Every year is just so special,” she said.
One important part of this year’s parade was the involvement of the local National Guard, Walls said.
“We have the National Guard in the parade this year,” she said. “We will honor them and they led our parade.”
Though the parade only runs through downtown Hanceville, Walls said she and her fellow organizers still definitely consider the event a county-wide effort.
“We made it the county parade because there’s not really a parade for the whole county,” she said. “The Hanceville Civitans and Cullman Chamber of Commerce are both big sponsors.”
Compared to previous years, Wells said the 2008 parade is one of the largest yet.
“This year is one of the biggest ones we have had,” she said. “This is just a great parade.”
Hanceville resident Martha White, who lives right on the parade’s path, said she has watches the Cullman County Christmas Parade virtually every year.
“We live here, so we see it every year whether we want to or not,” she said with a laugh. “We just watch the kids, the floats and the Santas. It’s always a good time.”
Parade-watcher Mitch Jett said it was the company of family that brought her out to the community event.
“This is my first year,” she said. “I came mostly to see my family.”
Cullman Caring For Kids food bank director Javon Daniel was grand marshall for the parade, which was sponsored by American Protein, the Cullman Electric Cooperative, Merchants Bank, Traditions Bank, the Hanceville Drug Company, Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce and Action Resources.
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