Christmas season welcomed with parades

Photo: The Lewisburg High School Marching Band was among the 100 units in the Olive Branch Christmas Parade Saturday afternoon. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

DeSoto County is kicking off the Christmas holiday season again in grand style. Olive Branch and Southaven had their Christmas parades on Saturday and Horn Lake had its traditional Christmas tree lighting festivities. Hernando hosts its Christmas parade Monday. 

In Olive Branch on Saturday afternoon, 100 units marched through Old Towne on a cloudy, but pleasant day in the 44th annual parade put on by the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce.  

Award winners in several categories were announced at the conclusion of the event. The winners were as follows:

The CK Dance Theatre was chosen as the top marching unit in the Olive Branch Christmas Parade. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)
  • Animal: Ulric Equestrian
  • Nonprofit: (1st) New Discovery Baptist Church, (2nd) Junior Auxiliary of DeSoto County
  • Commercial: (1st) Milwaukee Tool, (2nd) No Limits Bail Bonds
  • Marching Unit: CK Dance Theatre
  • Vehicle: Destiny Center of DeSoto County
  • Presidential Award: City of Olive Branch Public Works

All three Olive Branch area high school bands marched in the parade but as tradition were not being judged for this event.  

Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage and his wife led the Olive Branch Christmas Parade as its Grand Marshal. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

Grand Marshal for the Olive Branch parade was Police Chief Don Gammage. 

Saturday evening, the annual Southaven Christmas Parade of Lights, put on by the Southaven Chamber of Commerce, stepped off from Southpoint Church, headed east on Stateline Road/Main Street and finished at City Hall with about 65 units taking part. 

Southaven Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Chad Greenway and Javette White. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

Chad Greenway served as the parade’s Grand Marshal. 

The winners in various categories were announced Monday morning. They are:

Floats: (First place) Intrepid Gymnastics, (Second place) No Limit Bail Bonds

Vehicle: (First place) The Laughing Owl

Marching Team: Horn Lake High School Eagle Pride Marching Band

The Northpoint Christian School “Pride of the Point” Marching Band steps off in the Southaven Christmas Parade Saturday evening. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce hosted the city’s Christmas Tree lighting festivities on Saturday, as well and posted photos on their Facebook page.  

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Horn Lake Chamber Executive Director Laura Taylor and Mayor Allen Latimer. (Credit: Horn Lake Chamber of Commerce Facebook)

The 64th annual Hernando Christmas Parade, with the theme of “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” will step off at 6:30 p.m. Monday evening centered around the DeSoto County Courthouse. More than 100 units are expected to be part of the annual event.  

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