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Newbern Christmas Parade one of largest ever

Friday, November 30, 2012

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Newbern Mayor Olen Parker (left) and Newbern Police Lt. Greg Barr share a laugh after the parade.
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These Dyer County Girl Scouts make their way down Main Street.
The streets of downtown Newbern were packed Thursday evening with parade lovers as they waited for the Newbern Rotary's 22nd annual Christmas Parade to start. With around 100 entries and over an hour in length, this was one of the largest parades Newbern has had with perfect Christmas parade weather.

Leading the parade was Newbern Police Chief Harold Dunivant with local law enforcement and Newbern elected officials following close behind.

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Newbern's own Tiger Cubs Pack 84 show their Christmas spirit as they march together.
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This Scout from the Millsfield pack 282 throws candy to the crowd.
Emceeing the event were resident announcers Steve and Pattye Williams. The two gave commentary throughout the parade, showing where their son Patrick Williams (who emcees the Dyersburg Christmas Parade) got his emceeing skills.

"I think it was one of the best parades we've ever had," said Steve Williams. "We've been doing this for a long time and we just enjoy the atmosphere and the spirit of Christmas. It is just so wonderful to be here in Newbern and celebrate with all of the citizens here. We've got music going on downtown and a big 40-foot Christmas tree and everybody is celebrating the season."

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Rep. Bill Sanderson plays holiday tunes on his trumpet.
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Miss Tennessee Teen Ashlianna Owen waves to the crowd.
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Tommy Davis pulls a wagon with his wife Libby Davis and her two riding companions.
Pattye Williams said they are thankful to everyone who assists in making the parade possible.

"Steve and I just appreciate being a part of this and we appreciate all the hard work from the community in helping put this Christmas parade on," said Pattye Williams.

2012 Parade winners:

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Steve and Pattye Williams provide commentary for the Newbern parade.
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Paula Winchester drives her 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.
* Parade cars 1925-1945 -- 1st Place -- 1929 Ford Model A Sport Coupe -- James Winchester

* Parade cars 1946-1965 -- 1st Place -- 1960 Corvette -- Charles Hendrix

* Parade cars 1966-Present -- 1st Place -- 1979 Pontiac Trans-Am -- Bill and Sherry Lydon

Commercial/Business/Industrial

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Newbern City Recorder Jason Roberts (right) holds his daughter Molly as he and his wife Ashley (left) throw bubble gum to the children.
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Santa Claus makes one last trip through Newbern before his journey around the world on Christmas Eve night.
1st Place -- Dyersburg Manor "Get well...Live well" float

2nd Place -- Chic-fil-A cows and trailer

3rd -- Cottens Amusement "Rocking Christmas float"

Religious

1st Place -- RoEllen Baptist Church -- "Jesus - The Perfect Gift"

2nd Place -- Liberty United Christian Church float

3rd Place -- Operation Christmas Child float

Civic Groups/Youth Groups

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The Dyersburg High School Golden Trojans marching band took to the streets of Newbern to share in the Christmas spirit.
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The Dyer County High School marching Choctaws show their hometown Christmas spirit as they march in front of the judge's stand.
1st Place -- Girl Scouts of Dyer County float

2nd Place -- Fishing for Christmas Spirit Boy Scouts Troop 386 float

3rd Place -- Civitan candy box float

Parade tractors

1st Place -- Alan Sims (1952 V.A.C. Case tractor)

2nd Place -- Tom and Libby Davis (antique tractor)

3rd Place -- Joan Marlin -- (1953 Super M Farmall)

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Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill (left) and Newbern Street Department Supervisor Steve Dodds (right) make their way down Main Street during Thursday's parade.
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Newbern City Judge Jason Creasy and his son and ride with Dyer County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Parnell.
See more pictures in the photo gallaries section.

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Chris Donaldson and his family bundled up to keep warm as they watched the parade.
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Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box rides with Sgt. Kenny Gibbons in one of the department's SUVs.



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