Mt. Vernon Christmas parade kicks off holiday season

Friday, December 2, 2016
The Springfield Parkview Lassies band provided a sharp image in taking third place among the bands playing at the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade on Tuesday. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com

Following the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade on Tuesday, people gathered around the square so that children could enter the lighted courthouse and visit Santa Claus.

Following the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade on Tuesday, people gathered around the square so that children could enter the lighted courthouse and visit Santa Claus. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Mt. Vernon kicked off holiday parade season on Tuesday with a small parade and a big after-party. The Springfield Central High School Kilties made a big sound with its drum corps, winning first place. The Miller High School band took second. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Trinity Lutheran School in Freistatt had one of the standout floats at the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade. Principal Amanda Moennig, center, led waving to the crowd. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
The Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church led a concert of Christmas music in the square following the parade on Tuesday, creating a party atmosphere that kept people downtown, a new feature that was very well received, according to Chamber of Commerce Director Pam Dudley. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
The Hadley family, loaded with treats and keepsakes, headed home after the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade and after-party in the Mt. Vernon square. Pictured, from left, are: Sean, C.W. Bruce, Jessica and Katelynn Hadley. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
Abigail McCann, left, and Lakin McCann showed of Teddy bears they received from members of the Chesapeake Baptist Church, distributed as keepsakes during the Mt. Vernon Christmas parade on Tuesday. Murray Bishoff/times-news@monett-times.com
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