Plans being finalized for Veterans Day parade

Posted 10/11/17

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Janet Little, the organizer of the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Jasper, said people with entries need to call her to make sure where to line up …

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Plans being finalized for Veterans Day parade

Posted

By ED HOWELL

Daily Mountain Eagle

Janet Little, the organizer of the annual Veteran’s Day Parade in downtown Jasper, said people with entries need to call her to make sure where to line up due to changes and road work on Viking Drive.

The Marvin Lee Ferguson VFW Post 4850/Jasper and its Auxiliary is currently accepting entries for the parade, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Line-up for the event will start at 8:30 a.m., Little said. The opening ceremonies are set to take place at the courthouse square at 10:30 a.m., although Little said details about the ceremonies have not been concluded yet by the Auxiliary.

Little, who is coordinating the parade and the line-up, said the parade will leave the parking lot areas at 10:40 a.m.

However, Little said which parking lots could be different due to construction, noting that the lineup will be in the area of Viking Drive just west of the Daily Mountain Eagle.

“What I really need to emphasize is that anyone who has an entry in the parade, they need to contact me because of the construction at the old Walker High School. We no longer have the two double gates to come out of. I’m going to have to do a little rearranging in our parking to get all our vehicles in the right places,” Little said.

The gates where the parade passed through to enter Viking Drive have been replaced with sidewalks. Parade organizers will have to see what the area will look like at the completion the road work to determine permanent solutions, she said.

Meanwhile, some of the solutions for this year’s line-up are becoming somewhat clearer.

Fire trucks and large wide-turn vehicles will likely have to be at the old board of education area and Walker County Center of Technology, she said. Floats will likely go at the T.R. Simmons Elementary area due to what she called the “circled parking lot.” Single-axle vehicles that pageant winners ride in and old antique vehicles likely will go in the old Walker High School parking lot. Tractors and horses will probably have to be between the old school board and WCCT areas.

“It is just crazy where I’ve got to scatter them out this year to get them all in here,” she said.

The long-time parade has always had a good turnout. Including the ceremony, the parade takes up to an hour to conclude, she said.

Little said the parade will go from the line-up area up to 18th Street. Many times in the past the parade has turned at Fifth Avenue at Combs Broadcasting’s TV station, TV16HD, but this year it will be blocked.

“We’re going past Bare Bones Cargo this year, and we’ll turn back up onto 18th,” she said.

All of the local high school bands will come together as one countywide band to play in the parade, Little said.

ROTC from Jasper High School, as well as Boy Scouts will participate. Alabama National Guard and Army Reserve are also likely to participate.

“We should have some military vehicles downtown on the square,” she said. “We might even have a division to march in the parade if they are not their weekend duty.” 

For more information, especially to finalize lineup plans, call Little at 205-275-6441.