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Christmas parade brings joy to Martin

By Malorie Paine
On December 5, 2012

Tennessee Christmas took over the streets of Martin, Tenn. Monday, Dec. 3.
City of Martin and Kiwanis Club held their annual Christmas parade with the theme being Tennessee Christmas. Each year the theme is different, however provides viewers with a high level of entertainment.

"I really enjoyed watching the parade. The floats matched the theme perfectly. My favorite thing at the parade was the Coke truck. I loved the lights," said Staci Williams, senior Ag Communications major.

This year's parade featured band performances by the UTM and Westview High School marching bands. Several floats featured were the William's Sausage Company, Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Harper's Wrecker service and several non-commercial floats.
Harper's Wrecker Service was a unique participant. They had their large tow-truck as usual but they also had a mini tow-truck that Lynn Harper drove in front of the larger truck. He entertained parade watchers by doing figure-eights in the street.

The parade featured 12 floats this year. Boy Scouts, Cub, Scouts and Girl Scouts were several of the organizations that participated in the parade this year.
There were three Santa's in the parade this year. Coca-Cola had one driving their big truck while Pepsi-Cola had one riding in their sleigh. One of the radio stations that participated in the parade had a Santa driving a car asking people what they wanted for Christmas.

The theme for this year's parade was decided upon by the Kiwanis Club. Several ideas are put before a vote and the best one wins.
"The other members of the club and I toss out ideas and we vote on the best one," said Allen Page, Parade Chair.The parade is a part of the City of Martin's history and provides the citizens of this town with a reason to come together during the holidays. People gather throughout the many places around town to watch the parade with friends, family, neighbors and loved ones.

"I watched the parade from the front yard of the Alpha Gamma Rho house because of the comradery. Anything is more fun when you do it with friends," said Matt French, brother of the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity.

The parade follows the same path every year. It starts at the UTM parking lot by the football stadium and continues down University Street. The parade follows University Street to Lindell Street where it makes a left and continues down Lindell just past downtown Martin.

The parade is important to the people of Martin and the surrounding areas because it kicks off the holiday season. This year's season Martin is trying to make it all about giving to the less fortunate.

"That is what we are working for with the parade and Santa's Village," said Page.

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