By Callie Hietala
Plans for the annual Christmas Parade in Bassett are underway, with Paul Kennedy Jr. and Shirley Amos at the helm.
Entries are still being accepted, Amos said, and added there is no entry fee.
The festivities begin at 2 p.m. on December 4, Amos said, and added this year’s grand marshal is Barry Nelson of the Nelson Auto Group.
“He’s so well-known in the community,” she said.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic “pulled us back,” Amos said organizers wanted to host the parade to help lift spirits after a difficult year.
“It may not be as big as normal,” she said, “but it’ll be something to help pick people up a little.”
Current parade participants include the Bassett High School Marching Band and JROTC students, Bassett Fire Department, Bassett Rescue Squad and fire departments/rescue squads from neighboring communities, the Patrick Henry Saddle Club, several antique cars, the Shriner’s Club, Teresa’s School of Baton and Dance, and Daniel’s Auto Glass Service.
Amos said that Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance in an antique yellow Volkswagen with black fenders, a car owned by Odell Luther.
Luther “takes pride in his cars,” she said.
Amos reminded parents to keep close watch on youngsters as vehicles move along the parade route.
“We let our entrants throw candy,” she said, and while organizers ask for goodies to be thrown to the sidewalk, Amos said children sometimes run into the road near moving parade vehicles to gather the treats.
Anyone wishing to participate may call Amos at (276) 629-1888 or Kennedy at (276) 252-1864.