Photos: West Point Christmas Parade winners

The First Place float was created by the West Point Police Department.West Point Christmas Parade Christmas in Paradise Grand Marshall Monte Brasfield.Donna's Village, friends and family of the late Donna Harris. The Second Place float was submitted by North Mississippi Medical Center. The Third Place float came from the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
Staff Writer

Everyone loves the beach, it is often a weekend destination or the place to relax and spend a vacation. Lisa Klutts, director of the Growth Alliance decided to merge two favorite things, the beach and Christmas.

"I thought it would be fun and different," Klutts said. "The idea of having Monte Brasfield as Grand Marshall was perfect."

Klutts said everyone seemed to embrace the idea of the beach-themed Christmas Parade.

"It was a banner night," Klutts said. "Of float makers who spend time, money and creative energy, of every parade participant who conquers traffic to make line-up, and volunteers who make it all happen."

A special float featured a group of family and friends all decked out in Santa Claus red track suits. Donna's Village Float was to raise cancer awareness in memory of the late Donna Harris, who left a huge hole in the heart of the entire West Point community. Even Elvis took part with Donna's Village.

"It was so hard for us to choose winners this year," Klutts said. "All of the floats were wonderful and so much work went into making them. The West Point Police Department took first place. How could they lose with a doughnut on their float? North Mississippi Medical Center won second place, they did a great job. Everyone loved seeing the Grinch behind bars on the third place float by the Clay County Sheriffs Department."

It was a night of decorated cars with beauty queens, both of the West Point Consolidated School District Bands, dance groups, scout troops, motorcycles, churches, manufacturing facilities and businesses all come together.

"I am always humbled to be part of a community that shows up to support all that hard work, all ages waving big in appreciation and holiday spirit, and taking pictures because I never get the opportunity to take many," Klutts said. "Thank you, every single one of you, for showing up in all the ways. That's what I work for every day. That is my West Point Christmas in Paradise.”