BY SARAH STEPHENS
PHOTOS BY SARAH STEPHENS AND BOB EALUM
When it comes to hometown parades, there is an opportunity for everyone to be a star, a celebrity and be a part of something special that makes memories for a lifetime. As a news agency that focuses on community news, we went out Saturday, Dec. 7, to Main Street in Millbrook, visiting the Village Green for the vendors, food and entertainment, then hung around for the Christmas Parade that followed.
Hundreds of photos captured all of these stars and celebrities and we are happy to share them with all of you. Please share!
The day began early Saturday, Dec. 7, as vendors set up in the park with shopping and food opportunities.
Entertainment throughout the day on stage included Lisa’s Dance Dimensions, the Prattville Promenaders and Chung’s Tae Kwon Do students. Christmas music filled the park thanks to IT Director Andrew Markley. Kids could have their photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at no cost thanks to Chrietzberg Photography and Valley Bank. Millbrook Police Officers and Reserve Officers patrolled the park and the parade, reporting no incidents or problems. That is saying something when you have thousands of people gathered in one place all day.
The Millbrook Street, Utilities and Parks and Recreation Departments stepped up this year, decorating the park and the city for the Christmas season. The Spirit of Christmas Committee, led by Kathy Kelley, worked for months in preparation for this day, and Kelley said she is so pleased it was such a resounding success.
“Today is just one of those reminders of what a fantastic community we are blessed to call home,” Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley said. “We had a great turnout, beautiful weather, and it is always so great to see so many of our residents come together for a day of fun and celebration of this season. I thank everyone who had a hand in making this a great day. I especially thank our residents, who came out to have a great time, and did so peacefully.”
Winners of the Float Decorating contest for the parade included:
Club/Organization – 1st place to Millbrook Area Chamber of Commerce; 2nd place to Millbrook Revelers; 3rd place to American Heritage Girls.
Churches – 1st place to East Chapel Methodist Church; 2nd place to Central Bible Chapel Children’s Choir.
Schools – 1st Place to Coosada Elementary School, 2nd place to Millbrook Middle School Pep Squad; 3rd place to Stanhope Elmore High School JROTC.
Business – 1st place to Millbrook Family Chiropractic/Millbrook Family Dentistry/Land Management Services; 2nd place to Cheer Pro Athletics; 3rd place to Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Museum.
Judges for the parade were local musicians William Pat VanCor, Tina Hosey and Lacy Lynn.