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LaGrange Christmas Parade


Photos by Nancy & Tommy Brannon

♫ Oh, the weather outside was delightful
For a drive through the rural idyll.
Folks had no better place to go,
But to the holiday parade with a beau. ♫
Small towns bring out nostalgia for simpler, friendlier times, with “children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. And on every street corner you hear: jingling bells” from the horses’ harnesses as they parade through town.

On a sunny, cool, second Sunday afternoon in December (12, 2021), horses, hounds, and humans gathered in historic LaGrange, Tenn. for an old fashioned Christmas parade around the small, quaint town, with horses ridden and driven, and folks dressed up in their holiday attire. A toasty fire in the fireplace at the General Store warmed the visitors, who enjoyed hot chocolate and spiced cider, with cookies, brownies, and another tasty dessert. The stores Fern and Retro were open for gift shopping. Fuel food truck served lunch, while those waiting for food could examine the beautifully restored circa 1948 black Dodge power wagon flatbed. It was a gathering of friends from Nashoba Carriage Association, the Germantown Charity Horse Show, Pony Club, Longreen Foxhounds, and local residents sharing the joy of the season. It’s a most wonderful time of the year, with everyone telling you “Be of good cheer!”

And, of course, Santa Claus came to town, riding in the carriage with Ken and Chrissy Daniels. “He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake!”

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