Annual Christmas parade draws large crowd; heightens holiday spirit

The annual Christmas Parade for Greene County, sponsored by the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce, was held Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, with the Greene County Baptist District Association’s float winning 1st place. Lighthouse Christian School’s float won 2nd place and the Warrior Academy float won 3rd place. All winners receive ribbons designating their places.
Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele served as Grand Marshall. This year’s theme, It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas featured the Old Courthouse Square in the center of town beautifully adorned in Christmas and holiday decor.
Other local officials participating in the parade included District Judge Lillie Osborne with her youth group SPOT (Strategically Preparing Our Teens) and Retire Probate Judge Earlean Isaac.
Local businesses and organizations sponsoring floats included; Young People Alliance Organization (YPAO); Debutantes sponsored by Greene County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Eutaw City Fire Department with Santa on board; Dr. Warren Burke and Mrs. Brenda Burke in horse-pulled buggy; Christian Lighthouse School; with the horse riders closing out the parade.
Following the lighting of the Christmas tree many joined in singing Christmas Carols on the square. The featured groups were Eutaw Primary School students and the Greene County High School Choir.
Special holiday greetings were shared by Greene County School Superintendent Dr. James H. Carter, Sr. and Eutaw Mayor Raymond Steele.
Mr. James Lewis, President of the Eutaw Area Chamber of Commerce, along with a committee of Chamber members and other volunteers organized the Christmas Parade and related events. Numerous businesses decorated their store fronts lifting that old saying: Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
An exceptionally large crowd was out to view the festivities and purchase snacks from the vendors.

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