West Tennesseans gather for annual Jackson Christmas Parade

JACKSON, Tenn. – The sights and sounds of the season come alive with an annual event in downtown Jackson. Hundreds of people from all over the Hub City were lined up awaiting the Christmas parade.

It was an evening filled with lights, floats, marching bands and the magic of Christmas spreading throughout downtown Jackson Monday night.

“It’s really cool,” parade goer Jacob Griggs said. “There’s a lot of cool floats here, a lot of energy, and it’s just a really cool environment to be in.”

“It’s a lot of excitement and it kind of, like, gets you in the Christmas spirit after Thanksgiving, so it’s really fun,” parade attendee Emily Hood said.

People didn’t mind braving the cold to wait for the parade, which has been a tradition in Jackson for many years. Plus, many who came out to watch say it is a great way for the community to come together to celebrate Christmas.

“My favorite part is seeing how happy it makes all the kids, and they all having a great time getting the candy and playing in the fake snow and everything,” Griggs said.

“I think I like the bands,” Hood said. “I love whenever they come by and you can see all the high schools playing, and I love the drum line. That’s my favorite part.”

It’s a place to see some familiar faces, including our very own WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News team.

“We used to participate in it, and now we come to watch it,” Griggs said.

“This is my second year, so we usually come out here. This is the second time we’ve done it, and it’s probably going to be a tradition, I would say,” Hood said.

This year’s theme for the parade was called The Lights of Christmas.

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