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"Macon Merry" returns to ring in the 2021 Christmas season

Santa Claus waves from atop his sleigh in the finale of the 2021 "Macon Merry" parade.
Santa Claus waves from atop his sleigh in the finale of the 2021 "Macon Merry" parade.

Crowds assembled downtown to watch "Macon Merry," Macon's 2021 Christmas parade Sunday. The parade was populated by high school marching bands, dance teams, local businesses, classic cars and elected officials.

Shouts of "Merry Christmas!" and "Happy Holidays!" rang out from each parade float, whether it be the Richard R. Robinson Funeral and Cremation Services procession that stretched from hearses, SUVs and even a bus, to Georgia Environmental Group Inc.'s huge tractors that used both lanes of traffic.

There were large crowds in attendance, and candy was distributed to children via parade walkers and float-goers tossing treats.

One of the more impressive traditional floats was sponsored by Atrium Health and Navicent. The tow-behind trailer hosted multiple riders and an artificial snow machine that nearly created a whiteout blizzard as it rolled down Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

Public officials in the parade included Mayor Lester Miller, District 3 County Commissioner Elaine Lucas and state representative David Lucas, Sr.

Marching bands from Central High School, Westside High School, Northeast High School and Howard High School all marched in the parade as well, performing various songs and Christmas carols. Many of the high schools also featured a car driving the Mr. and Mrs. winners from each school.

Other groups in the parade included various Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, car clubs and even one club of fans dedicated to the Dallas Cowboys football team.

The parade, which began at 4 p.m. and lasted for around two hours, concluded with a float featuring Santa and his reindeer waving to parade goers.

Henry Keating

Henry Keating '24 is a Journalism and History student at Mercer. He has worked at The Cluster as SGA correspondent, State and Local News Editor, Managing Editor and now as the Editor-in-Chief. Henry has held internships at the Macon Newsroom, Macon Telegraph, and Greenville Post and Courier. He enjoys backpacking, rom-coms, pottery and photography.

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