Parade season starts in Oxford

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 09:08 PM

Downtown Oxford will kick off the first of four Christmas parades in the Tri-County today at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation and Granville Health System, the parade will begin at City Hall, continuing down Williamsboro Street. It’s scheduled to last close to an hour.

Nearly 80 different floats, cars, civic organizations, and school bands are expected to take part.

“We are celebrating family,” said Lisa Radford, event coordinator. “Our marshal float will have Granville County families many of which have had people in service abroad that have come back.”

Prior to the parade will be a Lighting of the Greens celebration on Main Street between 4 and 5:45 p.m.

During the celebration Oxford Baptist Church’s youth group will be selling barbecue plates to raise money for an upcoming youth trip. Food will also be provided by the Oxford Lions Club, and a local non-profit vendor selling chili and funnel cakes.

Oxford Bed and Breakfast at the Olde Parsonage will sponsor carriage rides down Main Street.

“Everyone loves the carriage rides,” Radford said. “It’s a really pretty scene.”

For the children entertainment will include a bouncy house slide, and photos with Santa, which can be taken at the Harris Hall Museum during the Lighting of the Greens.

Ronald McDonald and the Chick-fil-A cow, along with other similar characters, will be walking around greeting kids.

Fun for the entire family is expected tonight, as the city of Oxford brings Christmas to their community, organizers noted.

“It’s a night time parade,” Radford said. “It’s pretty in the evening. There will be lots of lights with the Lighting of the Greens, and plenty of activities that are free.”

Tri-County Christmas parades will continue with Henderson’s Christmas parade at 2:30 on Sunday.

The Grassy Creek Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. followed by Warrenton’s Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 5 p.m.

Contact the writer at amauser@hendersondispatch.com.