More than 100 floats featured in Newbern Christmas Parade
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.
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.
Winners of this year’s Newbern Rotary Christmas Parade are as follows:
Civic Float Division
1st – Dyer County FFA
2nd – Dyersburg FFA
3rd – TCAT-Newbern
Commercial Float Division
1st – City of Newbern
2nd – CableOne
3rd – Servpro
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
1st – Ernest O’ Neal’s 1953 tractor
2nd – Josh Allen’s 1955 cotton picker
3rd – Gene Autry’s 1945 tractor