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Annual holiday celebration to continue in Scottsboro this weekend

Christmas parade

The 8th annual Jingle bell square is starting tomorrow morning in downtown Scottsboro. It’ll be hosted in the town’s square and features many fun activities. The event features vendors of all kinds, food trucks, inflatables, a mobile arcade, and plenty of live music.

Vendors will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A Christmas parade is also planned at 4 p.m. and pictures with Santa and the Grinch will be available afterwards. Live music and entertainment will also be performed by the Boys and Girls Club Choir, D. Williams Dance Academy, and others. Free horse and buggy rides will be offered in the evening.

Katie Kirkland is the events and marketing director for the city of Scottsboro. She says the theme of the parade this year is "Heroes’ Christmas" and honors both first responders and essential workers.

“We’re asking everyone to decorate their floats with red, white and blue to commemorate not only the first responders such as police and fire,” Kirkland said. “But also the doctors and nurses and people who have been helping us so much throughout this pandemic.”

Kirkland also said social distancing and mask wearing is encouraged, but not required as all events and activities will be held outdoors.

“Of course we always encourage social distancing and we encourage wearing masks if people are more comfortable with that,” Kirkland said. “We’ve given Santa the option to wear a mask if he wants. Same thing with kids.”

Monica Nakashima is a news intern for Alabama Public Radio.
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