A.D. Spratlin will serve as grand marshal of the Bruce Christmas parade scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
This year’s theme is “A Golden Christmas” in reference to this being the 50th year the Bruce Lions’ Club has sponsored the parade.
The Bruce Lions’ Club first took over sponsoring the Christmas parade in 1962. That year’s parade featured 11 floats, four bands (Bruce, Calhoun City, Water Valley and Northwest Community College), 35 “feature attractions” and had no grand marshal or theme.
The winning float came from the New Century Club of Bruce for their entry – “Dolls in Toyland.” Other groups with floats included the Lions, Rotary, Jaycees, Sunshine’s Flower Shop, Calhoun County Hospital, Bruce Flower Shop, Fine Arts Club, 20th Century Club and East Bruce Home Demonstration Club.
“It means a lot to the Lions’ Club for this to be the 50th year for us,” Lions’ President Jerry Janci said. “We’re excited about this year’s parade and hope everyone comes out and has a great time.”
Parade day will feature the traditional events – Pancakes with Santa at the Bruce Museum in the morning, the Rotary Club Christmas Auction at 1 p.m. and Santa in the gazebo from 2-3:30 p.m.
Rotarian Don Bell reported a great selection of items for the Rotary auction including office chairs, recliners, lumber, sod, toys, clothing, and much more.
Charles Chrestman will once again serve as auctioneer. The items up for bid will be on display on the Square by 11 a.m. to look over prior to the 1 p.m. auction.
For more information about the Christmas Parade call Jerry Janci at 412-2029.