MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The streets of downtown Meridian are going to be filled with holiday cheer Saturday night. The Merry Meridian Christmas Parade is being held and city officials are encouraging everybody to come and enjoy it.
“It’s that time of year of where we remember Christ, and the other thing is so many people get a chance to come out and enjoy the time, the days, leading up to Christmastime,” says Meridian mayor Percy Bland. “So many families are brought together and people are just having fun. Of course the community gets to either have their individual, their church, or their business floats, so it’s just a great time to see people and catch up.”
There is one change coming to this year’s Christmas parade: The parade’s path will take a left on Fourth Street, instead of the usual left on Front Street.
“That’s the only change, everything else will basically be the same, but we will be making that left turn on Fourth Street this year.”
Mayor Percy Bland says that having the parade will help our local economy.
“A lot of people who come to our parade are not just from the city of Meridian, they’re from all over,” Bland says. “People are coming to town to continue to shop, people are continuing to come to town to eat at our restaurants, and spend money at our downtown businesses.”
With candy being tossed into the audience and colorful displays of Christmas lights, turnout is expected to be high.
“We’re just very excited because this time of the year in our annual parade, we always have a lot of people and we’re glad to go on and finally have our Christmas parade,” Bland says.
Line-up for the parade will start at 3 with the parade kicking off at 5:30.