Prattville Christmas parade delights all ages

Bobby Jon Drinkard led the Christmas parade - Photo by Marc Parker
Bobby Jon Drinkard led the Christmas parade - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – The City of Prattville’s Christmas parade was held Saturday afternoon. The theme was “Home for the Holidays,” and floats decorated in tinsel, greenery, and lights made their way downtown to the crowd gathered there to watch the festivities.

Bobby Jon Drinkard acted as grand marshal. Drinkard, currently the host and producer of a statewide television show broadcast in Alabama called On the Job, is also a former contestant of Survivor: Palau and Survivor: Guatemala.

Mayor Jim Byard Jr. and his family were riding on a float. The Prattville High School band and ROTC were also on hand, as well as the 2010 Miss Fountain City Jessica Brookshire and even Big Mo, the mascot for the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team.

Pine Level natives Angela Scott and son Dalton were eagerly awaiting the parade despite the cold winds and 40-degree temperatures. Her six-year-old first-grader wished to convey to Santa what he would like for Christmas.

“I play the guitar and would like to have the Beatles Rock Band,” said Dalton.

Three-year-old Drew Rowell, however, had her hands fixed firmly over her ears as the loud sirens of the police motorcycles began the procession. Her mom, Stephanie Rowell, a schoolteacher in Autaugaville, stated that they normally attend the parade in Camden where her parents live.

Stephanie Rowell and daughter Drew - Photo by Marc Parker
Stephanie Rowell and daughter Drew - Photo by Marc Parker

“Drew probably is not used to a real parade,” Rowell said, chuckling. “The Camden parade has a total of about four floats and the main attraction is the Volunteer Fire Department.”

The little girl also told her grandparents that she didn’t like Christmas and when they inquired as to the reason, she replied, “I don’t like Santa Claus.”

“She is scared to death of him,” said Rowell. “But on a positive note, she and I had fun making sugar cookies with sprinkles last night.”

And even though Drew may have an aversion to Santa right now she did say that her wish for Christmas was a pretty doll.

Article by Melissa Parker

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