Christmas Parade

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It looked a little more like Christmas on Thursday as the annual Christmas parade rolled through downtown Meridian.

"It's just a great night. The Downtown Merchants Association did a wonderful job of getting things organized. The cars filled with people, the bands and floats, brings out the kid in all of us," said Meridian Mayor John Robert Smith.

Hundreds of kids and adults lined the parade route to catch a glimpse of the themed floats. This year's theme: "My Favorite Christmas Story."

"We have had some really great floats this year. Sometimes people don't do that much with their floats, but this year they have gone all out," said Carolyn Smith who serves on the parade committee.

One of the changes this year was the addition of grand marshals. Scotty Ray and Debbie of WOKK's morning show were surprised to learn they were a first.

"Really?" exclaimed Debbie. "I had no idea we were the first. Wow, that's great."

The biggest surprise was on the children's faces who watched nearly 140 floats pass by. This year's winner was East Mississippi Electric Power Association whose float depicted the "Grinch who Stole Christmas".

But judging by the smiling faces, Christmas was clearly not stolen from Meridian.