2018 Christmas parade

The Mississippi Valley State University Marching Band performs during the 2018 Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade.

The Greenwood Police Department is requesting that motorists have their vehicles off the route of Friday’s annual Roy Martin Delta Band Festival and Christmas Parade by 3 p.m.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. on the corner of Carrollton Avenue and Walthall Street and head two blocks west on Carrollton until it reaches Howard Street.

The parade then travels north on Howard, takes a left on West Market Street and makes a right on Fulton Street, near the Leflore County Courthouse.

From Fulton Street, the parade will cross Keesler Bridge and continue straight onto Grand Boulevard. It ends at the intersection of West Park Avenue and Grand Boulevard.

Floats  cannot stop at this intersection, however, as they need to continue on Grand to unload at Bankston Elementary School.

Assistant Police Chief Marvin Hammond said the presence of unattended, parked cars on the route before the parade has caused problems in the past. He warned that any parked cars on the route at 3 p.m. or later Friday will be towed.

Beth Stevens, executive director of the Greenwood-Leflore County Chamber of Commerce, the group that organizes the parade, said it will go on, rain or shine.

On Wednesday evening, the Jackson bureau of the National Weather Service said there is an 80% chance of precipitation during the day Friday, but the rain is expected to move out by evening.

“You don’t just cancel a Christmas parade,” Stevens said.

This year’s parade marshal will be the Rev. Kenneth E. Milton Sr., a former Mississippi Valley State University director of bands.

A variety of floats are scheduled to appear in the parade, representing Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood and Leflore County governments and MVSU, as well as various high school marching bands and other groups.

After the parade, a fireworks show, sponsored by the Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau, will be held over the Yazoo River.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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