The holiday spirit fills Sevierville at annual parade

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The streets of Sevierville were lined with eager holiday well wishers on Saturday as the town held its 50th annual Christmas Parade.

The parade was lead by grand marshal, Emily Kile, who rode in a horse drawn carriage. Kile is the 2011 Sevierville Citizen of the Year.

The Sevier County High School Marching Band is one entity that has participated in Sevierville’s Christmas Parade for each of the past fifty years. Donna Huffaker, leader of Donna’s Majorettes, is another who has made a point of being part of the parade each year it has been held. She began marching as a junior majorette when she was in grammar school. Soon she was instructing her own baton students and returning from college each year to march in the Sevierville parade with them.

“Since 1963 Sevierville has prided itself on keeping the parade a hometown event,” says parade organizer and Sevierville Chamber of Commerce special events coordinator Carroll McMahan. “Generations of citizens have participated in this parade. It’s always heartwarming to see grandparents watch their grandchildren participate same parade they marched in themselves as a child.”

On Friday, Gatlinburg will welcome in holiday well wishers for a parade that starts at 7:30 and runs through the Parkway downtown.

Also in Sevier County, Seymour will hold a parade on Saturday, December 8th at 4pm on Chapman Highway.

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