ESCATAWPA, MS (WLOX) - For 56 years, Santa and Mrs. Claus have been waving to the children and those young at heart in Escatawpa during the annual Christmas parade.
This year was no different. The only change was the date. Last weekend’s rain may have dampened the fun, forcing organizers to reschedule for Saturday.
“We pulled it together, and thank the Lord it’s not raining. We wish everyone a blessed Christmas and all," said Chaplain Harold Myers with the Escatawpa Volunteer Fire Department.
The date change didn’t hinder people who came out with one goal in mind.
Plenty of people came out with bags in hand. What were they trying to catch?
“Some candy,” said Dequan Martin. It was his first year at the Escatawpa Christmas Parade.
Candy was a common theme for parade goers. Some brought grocery bags; others had back packs. One family used a hat to score goodies.
“When they tossed the hat out, they probably tossed it for my son; he’s one. They gave us the hat, so we took the hat and flipped it upside down and said we’ll just fill it with candy, and look at what we come out with," said Kamal Hodge.
People lined Mississippi 613 all the way down to Escatawpa Elementary School on Elder Ferry Road. First came the motorcycles, then fire trucks. Dancers, jeeps and a Boy Scout troop followed. It can bring out the kid in all of us.
“It’s a regular tradition here in Moss Point, you know," Hodge said. "The people come out and we see friends, family. We just enjoy it.”
The kids certainly enjoy it, too.
“Oh yeah! They have the most fun, but it brings out the kid in me,” Hodge said.
Most say it’s a family affair and a new tradition they’ll continue.