Rain or shine, Moulton will still hold its Christmas parade at 7 p.m. beginning on School Street near the Lions Club building, but the weekend forecast has forced other communities throughout Lawrence County to postpone or cancel altogether.
Parades that were scheduled for Saturday included the Mount Hope Christmas Parade at noon and Town Creek’s parade at 6 p.m. The Hatton Christmas Parade was originally scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 9.
Mount Hope has rescheduled their parade for Saturday, Dec. 15 at noon. Parade organizer Kristi Robertson said out of the twelve years Mount Hope has held a Christmas parade, they have only had to cancel once.
She says she hopes that isn’t the case this year, but fears it may have to be canceled altogether if the weather is not more favorable next weekend.
Lineup will still begin at 11 a.m. behind Mount Hope School.
Town Creek has decided to cancel their parade. Mayor Mike Parker said, “This is the first year we’ve had this problem, and there’s nothing we can really do about it.”
Although the parade is canceled, he said Santa will visit the children of Town Creek by riding through town on a fire truck on Saturday, Dec. 15.
He anticipates the ride to last approximately three hours, allowing time for Santa to pass out candy to the children. Parker said Town Creek residents should listen for the sirens to know Santa is in their neighborhood on Saturday.
Hatton is following Mount Hope’s lead. Parade organizer Taffy Johnson and her sisters, Tracy Parker and Tara McAbee, have decided to postpone their parade until Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m.
Johnson said, “Everything is the same.” Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hatton High School baseball and softball fields. This year, the parade will honor the late Anthony “Snuffy” Smith and his family.
Johnson said Smith was very enthusiastic about Hatton’s parade each year. His wife, Denise Pounders Smith, and their son, Ben, will lead the parade as Grand Marshalls on Sunday.