Santa Claus makes an early appearance with his charge of reindeer during Thursday night's parade in Newbern.
Despite cold temperatures and the threat of inclement weather, Newbern Rotary's 23rd annual Christmas Parade was filled with smiling faces and plenty of holiday cheer. Although the parade was smaller than in years past, the participants showed plenty of Christmas spirit to those who came out to watch.
The always entertaining team of Steve and Pattye Williams were the announcers for the parade. They gave commentary on the floats and spoke with participants as they made their way past the main stage.
Steve Williams said the wet weather held off long enough for them to have a great night for a parade.
"There was a small window we had and it worked out well," said Williams.
Newbern Mayor Olen Parker added the parade may have been low in numbers, but it wasn't short on enthusiasm.
"It was the biggest little Christmas parade in the state of Tennessee," said Parker.
Rep. Bill Sanderson performs a Christmas song for the crowd on his trumpet.
Chasity Norville is one of the regular judges for the event and said Thursday evening's parade had a good attendance in spite of the frigid temperatures.
"It was a good night for it and everybody was glad we held it when we did," said Norville." We are looking forward to next year's parade and hope everyone comes back to join us then."
All parade participants were treated to a supper at Newbern Elementary School. Norville said the remaining food was donated to local organizations. She also would like to remind parade winners they can pick up their prizes at Newbern City Hall.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box is a regular at the Newbern Christmas Parade.
* Commercial/business/industrial category
First place: Great River Road Raceway
* Civic/youth group category:
First place: Dyer County FFA
Second place: Heart of the South Girl Scouts
Third place: Girl Scout Troop 43005 -- "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree"
First place: RoEllen Baptist Church
Antique car category:
1946-65 category winner: Gene Autry for his 1951 Ford
1966 -- present category winner: James and Pat Edwards for their 1968 Chevelle
Newbern aldermen Daniel Watson (left), and Kris Smith (right).
Chris Young and his family were on hand to show their Christmas spirit and promote his upcoming run for Dyer County mayor in 2014.
Honorable mention winner: Jim Hensley for his 1983 Jeep JT pickup
The Dyer County FFA won first place with their "Barnyard Christmas" themed float.
Brandon Dodds (standing) and a crew of his supporters spread Christmas cheer while doing a little campaign work. He is seeking the Republican nomination for the Tennessee Senate's 27th District seat encompassing Dyer, Lake, Lauderdale, Gibson and Madison counties.
Joanna and Chris Donaldson and their daughter Karley braved the cold temperatures to attend the Newbern Christmas Parade.
A Newbern Christmas parade would not be complete without the riders from the Newbern Saddle Club.
Newbern Police Chief Jim Richards leads the parade.
Retired Dyersburg Fire Chief Leonard White and his pet are chauffeured in his vintage car.
Dyer County Commissioner William Mallard and his supporters for his candidacy for Dyer County mayor make their way down the parade route on Thursday evening.
Marjie Sanderson, wife of Rep. Bill Sanderson, waves to the crowd.
Chasity Norville is a frequent float judge and supporter of the Newbern Christmas Parade.
Newbern Mayor Olen Parker (left) and City Recorder Jason Roberts (right) wish everyone Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Paul "Bubba" Carson and his wife Ann take a moment to pose for photo as they walk the parade route. The Carsons were promoting Paul Carson's upcoming bid for Dyer County mayor.
Miss Dyer County Taylor Ward gives a warm smile during Thursday's parade.
Tony Reed, Newbern Alderman Kris Smith, and Newbern City Recorder Jason Roberts show their Christmas spirit.
Shelby Oatsvall (left) and P-nut Chaffin (right) said the winter weather wasn't going to stop them from coming out and enjoying the parade on Thursday evening.
Newbern alderman and Dyersburg Fire Chief Tim Ware (right) and Alderman Bradley Rogers (left) throw candy to parade goers.
Dyersburg Mayor Olen Parker and Steve and Pattye Williams. The Williams are the Newbern Christmas Parade's resident emcees.