Christmas lights were everywhere as the Portland Christmas Parade recently traveled down Highway 109 officially ushering in the Christmas season for the city. The parade theme was “Songs of the Season.” The parade is the only night time parade in the county and has become a popular event for the entire county. Each entry must display Christmas lighting. The City of Portland and the Portland Chamber of Commerce sponsor the parade each year.
The parade began with decorated emergency vehicles including the miniature Sumner County ambulance spinning around in circles, as it followed the parade route. Brightly-lit fire trucks welcomed the parade attendees with sirens blaring to excite the crowd. The Sumner County Sheriff’s motorcycle deputies made figure eights and circles along the parade route entertaining all ages.
Other entries were lighted golf carts, antique cars, the chicken car, and unique cars and decorated trucks. One mom and dad walked in the parade with their baby in a decorated baby stroller. The Portland High School cheerleaders walked beside a truck with an inflatable snowman in the truck bed. State Sen. Ferrell Haile drove his decorated truck, as he waved to the crowd.
The City of Portland Float led the floats welcoming everyone to the parade while Mayor Mike Callis walked along passing out candy to the children. Several farmers drove decorated tractors along the parade route.
The parade ended with the traditional appearance of Santa Claus waving to the children from his trolley, as the children and adults cheered and waved to him.
“We were very pleased with the parade turnout with the restrictions and the pandemic. The businesses and community still came together to create a beautiful parade,” President/CEO of Portland Chamber of Commerce Sherri Ferguson said.