Hattiesburg Christmas Parade held Saturday morning

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds lined the streets of downtown Hattiesburg Saturday morning for the 63rd Annual Hattiesburg Jaycees Christmas Parade.

The parade got under way at  the Hattiesburg Public Library at 10 a.m. The route took it up Hardy Street to Main Street and then down through the center of town. The parade concluded at Hawkins Elementary School.

This years parade had more than 50 entries to include the Hattiesburg High School Marching Band, Miss USM and Miss Riverland, several Hattiesburg area churches, and of course Santa Claus.

Many of the entries were judged on theme, creativity, spirit, and marching with the winning entry taking home a $100 grand prize. Taking home top prize for best entry was the Southern Pines Spay and Neuter Clinic. Taking second place was the Youth Challenge Program at Camp Shelby and third place went Tunjia's Little Ones.

The theme of this years parade was "Christmas Through the Decades".

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