By Laurence Hilliard

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper Counties two official Christmas Parades will be Tuesday, Dec. 5 in Scooba and Thursday, Dec. 7 in DeKalb. The theme for both parades is “Peace and hope for the Holidays.”

The schedule is the same for both parades. Participants will begin assembling at 4:30 p.m., with the parades to commence one hour later.

The Scooba parade will begin at First Methodist Church. It will proceed down Martin Luther King Drive to Highway 16, past East Mississippi Community College, then back to the church. Town alderman Jane Williams will serve as grand marshal.

Parade participants will include Mayor Marion Smoot, the Kemper County High School band; and the East Mississippi Community College band and cheerleaders. Anyone who wishes to enter a float in the parade is welcome. Just show up at the time of the parade.

There will be similar participants in the DeKalb parade, including Mayor Clark Adams. The grand marshal will be Cheryl Sparkman.

The DeKalb parade begins at the elementary school and proceeds down Stennis Road to Main Street, around courthouse square, then back to the elementary school.

There are good viewing spots for both parades. Faye Wilson, executive director of the Kemper County Chamber of Commerce, suggests around the courthouse for DeKalb and along Martin Luther King Drive for Scooba.

Both parades will proceed rain or shine.