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Newport Christmas Parade entertains all

(c)2013 NPT By Miranda Smith
Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus were there to keep an eye on all the little boys and girls attending
the parade.
Published: 8:00 AM, 12/17/2013 Last updated: 8:01 AM, 12/17/2013

Author: Miranda Smith
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

The rain subsided long enough on Saturday afternoon for the annual Newport Christmas Parade to entertain the curbside crowds.  Several friendly faces and local businesses came together to march the streets of downtown Newport and spread some holiday cheer.  Several churches, regional beauty queens, county schools, and all local volunteer fire departments participated.

This year’s theme for the parade was "Christmas Around the World", and several of the winning floats surely showcased that theme.  Winning 1st Place this year was Dutch Bottoms Baptist Church with a worldly theme. The CCHS Student Council scored 2nd place by displaying a globe in the center of their float.  The Newport Bootscooters snagged 3rd place with a wagon full of holiday riders.  The Mayor’s Choice Award went to Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice.  Their float featured gingerbread men and flags from several different countries.

 The parade was organized by Cocke County Partnership.  Director Valerie Fancher said they were pleased to have 90% of people that registered show up, despite the unpredictable weather.  There were over seventy entries this year, and organizers were pleased with the community turnout.  Fancher has already received phone calls asking about next year’s parade theme.  Members have decided the 2014 theme will be "Christmas in Candy Land." 

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