Sweet treat

Maryville/Alcoa Jaycee's Christmas Parade gets warm welcome

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There were more than 100 lined up and ready for the Maryville/Alcoa Jaycee’s Annual Christmas Parade this year -- and the crowd waiting to greet them seemed eager to experience this year’s theme: "A Candyland Christmas."

And there was plenty of candy at every turn, as the participants in the floats and cars and even walkers tossed out goodies for the crowd.

Santa came, too, bringing up the rear of the parade in his Sanitation Santa truck, complete with "reindeer" and Christmas tinsel.

Grand Marshalls were WATE-TV anchors Lori Tucker and Gene Patterson. Kelly Phillips was the parade chair for the Maryville/Alcoa Jaycees.

William Blount High School and Heritage High School band provided the beat and musical entertainment, helping fill the gap for the Alcoa High School and Maryville High School bands, which were busy in Murfreesboro at the finals with the football teams.

Parade participants included civic groups, churches, custom cars, the Shriners, athletic groups, police and fire representatives, Area 15 Special Olympics and Young America Cheer champions.

Friendsville football programs honored their Midget football team and Homecoming court, including Midget Queen Jessica Fuller, and Walland honored their Grasshopper Homecoming Princess Lynsie Bunch, along with the Grasshopper, Pee-Wee and Midget Indian cheerleaders. Eagleton Midget football cheerleaders and homecoming court were also in the parade. The
Maryville Bears Football Queen Kelsey Marshal was a participant, along with the Maryville Bears cheerleaders.

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