Madison’s annual Hometown Christmas Parade and Caroling by Candlelight events ushered in the holiday season last weekend as hundreds of people gathered in downtown Madison to watch decked out floats, sing Christmas songs, and meet the one and only Santa Claus.
“The sun came out just in time for the parade,” said Colleen Hall, event coordinator for the City of Madison. “It was cold, but pretty. We were happy to see so many people come out to celebrate the holiday season with us.”
The parade featured floats, walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers and the award-winning Morgan County High School Marching Bulldog Band. The theme, “Deck the Halls” was chosen to honor this year’s grand marshal, June D. Harrell, who was the city’s former landscape architect.
This year’s float winners were Lakepoint Community Church for Most Creative Float, J.H. Ministries for Best Use of Theme, and the Cub Scout Tigers in Pack 91 for Best In Show.
After the parade, everyone headed over to Town Park for Caroling by Candlelight. Amidst the singing of familiar holiday tunes led by local musical groups, children lined up in droves to meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, and the elves who made a special appearance on Saturday evening.
“It was just a fun evening and we are happy to put this on every year for our community to enjoy,” said Hall.