Fresh from a tour of Smithville, Liberty, the North Pole, and points beyond, Jolly Old Saint Nick visited the Alexandria Christmas Parade Sunday.
Interim Alexandria Police Chief Chris Russell led the procession into town on Main Street, followed closely by Sheriff Patrick Ray and Grand Marshals Jimmy and Doris Mullinax. Both the DCHS and Watertown High School bands took part, along with State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, Smoky the Bear, the Upper Helton Choir, floats, vintage cars and trucks, tractors, four wheelers and motorcycles, Alexandria, Smithville, and DeKalb County Fire trucks, the Smithville-DeKalb Rescue Squad, DeKalb EMS, riders on horseback and horse drawn wagons.
Malone's Chapel Baptist Church took first prize in the float competition, while Girl's Bakery and Diner came in second. Alexandria First Baptist Church took third place.
David Graham’s 1973 Camaro garnered first place in the vintage automobile category. Ronnie Harris’ 1971 Plymouth Scamp was awarded second place, and third went to Paul Johnson’s 1965 F100 Ford.
Chris Hale’s 1950 John Deere took first place in the tractor competition. Another 1950 John Deere, belonging to Dayton Jamison took second place, while a 150 Case tractor owned by Greg Carson tied for third with an unknown entry.
Grady and Carol Smith won best animal, with Robert Lee and Michael Bradford taking second.
Tickets were drawn for hams, turkeys, gift certificates, and other prizes at the conclusion of the event.