Christmas parades and events are happening throughout Lawrence County starting next Thursday. Get into the Christmas spirit by kicking off the holiday season with several community parades happening next weekend.
• The Courtland Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5.
• Moulton’s Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
• The Mt. Hope Christmas Parade at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7.
• Hatton’s Christmas Parade at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.
• Hillsboro’s Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
• The Town Creek Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14.
Lineup for Courtland’s parade will start on Tennessee Street in front of the old Courtland School at 4 p.m., and judging of the floats will begin at 5 p.m.
Entry into the parade is free, but all entries must be decorated. Horses, vehicles, including antique cars, and ATVs are all welcome. School bands, organizations, sports teams, dance teams, Homecoming Queens and Kings, and others are invited to participate.
Awards will be given for first, second and third place floats. First-place will receive $300, second-place will receive $200, and third-place will receive $100.
Alabama Senator Garlan Gudger will serve as Grand Marshal and will lead the parade through Historic Downtown Courtland. Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Frosty the Snowman will also be a part of the parade this year, according to organizers.
Spectators are encouraged to come early for coffee or hot chocolate and stay after for a chance to see Santa Claus.
Registration forms can be picked up at Courtland City Hall Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The deadline to register is Monday.
Courtland will also host its annual Christmas Open House Tour next weekend. The tour will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the Courtland Museum starting at 12:45 p.m. on the day of the tour. A map of houses on tour will be available when tickets are purchased.
The City of Moulton, Moulton Young Professionals and the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce will present Moulton’s Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.
There is a $20 entry fee for floats and towing vehicles and a $10 fee for non-floats like motorcycles, cars, ATVs, and tractors. Horses and riders will be permitted into the parade free of charge. 3- and 4-wheelers will not be allowed to enter the parade.
Participants are encouraged to incorporate this year’s parade theme, Christmas Now and Then: A Bicentennial Christmas.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in float and non-float categories. In the float category, first-place will receive $300, second-place $200, and third-place $100. A first-place non-float winner will receive $150, while second-place gets $100 and third-place will receive $50.
Moulton’s parade will begin on School Street with routes taken along Court, Big Nance, Lawrence, Market, Main and Walnut streets before ending on College Street at Lawrence County High School. Lineup will begin at 5 p.m. in front of the Moulton Lion’s Club facility.
For more information, call 256-974-5191 or 256-974-1658.
Lineup for the Mt. Hope Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. behind Mt. Hope School on Saturday, Dec. 7.
There is no charge to enter the parade, but donations are accepted. All contributions go to the Mt. Hope Community Fund.
Contact Kristi Robertson at 256-566-5538 for more information or to register.
Hatton sisters, Taffy Johnson, Tracy Parker and Tara McAbee, will host the community’s annual Christmas Parade on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m.
Lineup will begin at 1 p.m. at the Hatton High School baseball and softball fields.
Though there is no entry fee to participate, Johnson said donations are accepted as a way to give back to the Hatton community. Each year, parade organizers select a recipient for the proceeds, who also gets to serve as Grand Marshal for the parade.
This year’s Grand Marshal, Brittany Parker, was diagnosed with breast cancer in January. She has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy, 28 rounds of radiation and is still battling the disease and undergoing a treatment called Herceptin.
Parade organizers said this year’s proceeds will be placed in a Joe Wheeler EMC utility account for Parker, her husband and their four daughters.
“You can give by entering into the parade with a donation, or you can come watch the parade and place a donation in one of the boxes that day,” Johnson said.
For more information or to pick up an entry form, call Taffy Johnson at 256-410-6175. Entry forms may also be found at Salon 101.
Lineup for Hillsboro’s Christmas Parade will begin at the old high school, located at 17101 County Road 400. The parade will start at the high school and end at Hillsboro Town Hall.
Lineup begins at 10 a.m. on Dec. 14.
This year’s parade theme is The Magic of Christmas. To register, contact 256-637-2070.
Lineup for the Town Creek Christmas Parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the old Hazlewood High School.
Those interested in participating may register through Town Creek City Hall.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third places.
Drivers in the parades must present their driver’s license and proof of insurance upon registration for each parade.