Riverview Chapel Church of Porterwood helped people chase away the chill as Tammy Moore, Sharon Woods and Betty Nicholes handed out free hot chocolate.
As the parade traveled through downtown Parsons, City Administrator Jason Myers passed out popcorn balls to children who lined the streets and members of Riverview church walked around passing out rolls of tape to help with Christmas gift wrapping.
One family brought its St. Bernard “Harley” dressed with a set of red reindeer antlers.
Awards were presented directly after the parade. First place went to Riverview Chapel Church, second place to Queen Laurel and third place to Sycamore Grove Church. Among some of the contestants in the parade were Strutters baton group from Philippi dressed in Christmas outfits and twirling glow batons. Special Olympics had a truck featuring an angel resting on the grille and children wearing “Ho Ho” hats riding in the bed. Also participating were Boy Scout Pack 675 and area fair and festival queens. The parade was lead by Parsons Police Chief Rocky Hebb and his son, Ryan Hebb.
After the parade, children lined up at the municipal building to see Santa and Mrs. Santa Claus. Santa took gift requests and handed out treat bags to all the youngsters of Parsons wishing them a Merry Christmas.
(CU and The Inter-Mountain/Heather Judy)
PARADE THROUGH PARSONS — Santa and Mrs. Claus, their elves and some toy soldiers ride atop the city’s float during the Parsons Christmas Parade Saturday evening. Santa’s helpers walked along the side of the float passing out popcorn balls to all the children. The theme for the parade was the “City of Lights.” To view more pictures, visit www.theintermountain.com.