Doyle and Sparta annual Christmas parades taking place Saturday
By Bobby Lee McCulley | December 7, 2017 6:48 am
With Christmas right around the corner, many communities are gearing up for their annual Christmas parades, which includes Doyle and Sparta.
This weekend, White County residents enjoy two Christmas parades, on Saturday.
The Town of Doyle Annual Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m., Dec. 9. For those with a participating float, line-up and judging will take place at 9 a.m., at the Doyle Community Center.
Following the Doyle Christmas Parade, children and their parents are encouraged to visit the Doyle Town Hall, at 104 High St., for treats and a visit from Santa Claus. Additionally, Doyle residents are encouraged to participate in the Christmas lights display contest, which will be judged that night, with a grand prize of $100 going to the winner.
The 72nd Annual Sparta Christmas Parade, which is hosted by the Rotary Club of Sparta, will also be taking place Dec. 9. With line-up beginning at 2 p.m., at White County High School, the Sparta parade is expected to begin at 4 p.m., as it travels to the White County Courthouse.
The Rotary Club of Sparta held its first Christmas parade, on Dec. 6, 1945. The first parade featured a guinea pig race, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus, who distributed fruit and hard candies to the children.
“Children of all ages eagerly await Santa’s arrival in a big red fire truck,” said Cathy McCord Farley, parade chairman. “It is a 72-year Sparta tradition that Santa Claus makes his appearance as the last entry in the parade.”
The 2017 parade has more than 100 entries, which include first responders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, WCHS marching band, horses, and floats of every description. This year, because of construction on Bockman Way, the parade route will start at White County High School, on Allen Drive; travel east, on Polk Street; turn and travel south, on Moore Street; and then travel down Bockman Way, ending at White County Courthouse.