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 '24 is a sophomore at Mercer, studying Journalism and History. He has worked at The Cluster as both a writer and SGA correspondent. He enjoys playing and listening to music, hiking and camping, and photography in his spare time.