Varnado ready to hold 2nd parade

Published 11:01 pm Friday, December 4, 2015

When Village of Varnado officials first thought about having a Christmas parade last year, they really didn’t know what to expect.

Last year’s parade turned out to be more successful than anybody could ever had hoped.
Varnado hosts its second annual Christmas parade today. The parade begins rolling at 1 p.m. The parade route will run along Fornea Road, Main Street, and south on Washington Street. The parade is hosted by the Varnado Police Department and Village Council.

Those who wish to enter the parade can show up on the day of the parade and pay their $10 entry fee. All proceeds go to assist needy families for Christmas.

Village Councilwoman and parade organizer Mary Adams said the roots of the parade are simple.

“Police Chief Louis Adams always said he wanted to have a parade,” Mary Adams said. “It was a good bit of work, but it was a surprising success. We had a great turnout.”

She said 20 to 25 entries participated in last year’s parade.  The entry fees were enough to assist 10 families with their Christmas needs.

“It was an overwhelming turnout last year,” Adams said. “We’re hoping to have that many again this year and possibly more. Everyone who turned out from the Varnado and Angie communities really enjoyed it.”

She said donations will be collected and participants lined up as they arrive.

Adams predicted nice weather for the parade.

“It’s going to be cooler for the parade Saturday, but I think we’re going to have some sunshiny weather,” she said. “It’s just something for the kids to come out and enjoy.”

For any questions about the parade or donations, Adams can be contacted at 985-516-3918.
The Mile Branch Christmas parade is also today and rolls at 10 a.m. Per custom, participants will drive horse-drawn wagons and buggies and there will be plenty of riders on horseback. Participants will be attired in pioneer clothing.

The Mile Branch Pioneer Christmas is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.