Sidewalks in downtown Jasper were filled with parade-goers wanting to see the festive floats and decorations. Here, Refuge Baptist Church’s float 3rd place winner for Best Theme rolls down the street.
This year’s Night of Lights parade, sponsored by the Jasper Merchants Association, was arguably the best in years, with mild weather drawing a large crowd to downtown Jasper for the festivities.
The day’s events started around 4 p.m. with performances on the main stage in front of the courthouse, followed by a poignant reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas by retired teacher Lawton Baggs, and the parade kickoff at 6 p.m.
This year’s Night of Lights, with the theme ‘Candy Land,” was stuffed like a Christmas stocking with tons of walking groups, decorated emergency vehicles, and several creative floats, many from businesses, organizations or churches that were participating for the first time. Sidewalks were filled to the brim with kids and families there to take it all in – and to get their reindeer paws on candy thrown out by people in the parade.
The Pride of Pickens Marching Band, which won Best in Show for Crowd Engagement, brought tons of excitement with not only one, but two laps down Main Street.
A panel of judges made notes for each float as it passed by the main stage where they were seated, and awarded the following groups for Best Theme winners:
1st Place - Devereux Designs
2nd Place - Community Christian Fellowship
3rd Place - Refuge Baptist Church
See more photos from the event on page 9B.
Jasper Merchants Association is a non-profit that brings community events to Pickens County free of charge. JMA also sponsors the Pickens County Easter Egg Hunt, the Jasper Arts Fair, annual Trick or Treat on Main Street, and Zombie Walk Jasper.