More than 100 floats featured in Newbern Christmas Parade

Friday, December 1, 2017
Claiming the 1st-place title in both Dyersburg and Newbern parades was the DCHS FFA (above), followed by DHS FFA (below) ranking second.

RACHEL TOWNSEND

rtownsend@stategazette.com

On Thursday evening, streamlined up Main Street were countless residents awaiting the beginning of Newbern’s 28th Annual Christmas Parade, proudly sponsored by the Newbern Rotary Club.

The parade officially kicked off at 7 p.m. with opening ceremonies performed by the DCHS JROTC Color Guard. Following the performance, 103 registered participants made way down Main Street, announcing themselves with an array of holiday music, candy, lights, dancing and smiling faces.

Included in this year’s parade were first responders and officers of the Newbern Police Department, Dyer County Sheriff’s Department, Newbern Fire Department, Dyer County Rescue Squad. In addition, the parade welcomed marching bands of Dyer County High School, Dyersburg High School and Northview Middle School.

The parade route began at the Church of Christ parking lot downtown. Floats travelled down Main Street, turning left onto Washington Street, and ending at Newbern Elementary School. Winners were announced inside the school’s cafeteria, where hot dogs and hot chocolate were served to the public, courtesy of the Rotary Club.

The holiday season brings out the ‘Goof’ in everyone! Pictured above, CableOne’s Christmastime with Goofy float is seen making its way in front of judges. The float was able to claim a 2nd place this year in both Newbern and Dyersburg parades.

Special thanks are extended to contributors of this year’s Christmas parade including the Rotary Club, City of Newbern, Newbern city employees, and many more.

Those who were not present at the event, video footage is available at: https://www.facebook.com/state.gazette/ or www.cityofnewbern.org/live-stream.

Winners of this year’s Newbern Rotary Christmas Parade are as follows:

Led by DCHS cheer coach Jill Powers were the Little Choctaws Wild Warriors, who claimed the 1st-place title in the Youth Group division. Way to go Warriors!

Civic Float Division

1st – Dyer County FFA

2nd – Dyersburg FFA

Burks Beverage Sales Director Lynn Parker and a handful of volunteers were stormed by countless children as they made their way down Main St. with wagons full of free Hogwash.

3rd – TCAT-Newbern

Commercial Float Division

1st – City of Newbern

2nd – CableOne

3rd – Servpro

Youth Group

1st- Little Choctaws Wild Warriors - 1st grade

2nd- Little Choctaws 3 & 4 year olds

3rd- Cub Scouts Pack 84 - Nightmare Before Christmas

Religious Float Division

1st – Church Grove

2nd – Newbern First Baptist Church

3rd – Center Methodist

Cars and Trucks

1900-1937 – Ben Peevyhouse’s 1927 Model T

1938-1963 – Mark Gear’s 1956 Ford Truck

1964-1989 – David Peevyhouse’s 1971 Pontiac Lemans

1990-2016 – Stacey Peevyhouse’s 2000 Plymouth Prowler

Tractors

1st – Ernest O’ Neal’s 1953 tractor

2nd – Josh Allen’s 1955 cotton picker

3rd – Gene Autry’s 1945 tractor

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