West Alabama Christmas Parade returns to downtown Tuscaloosa

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Dozens of people lined the streets of downtown Tuscaloosa on Monday night for the 45th annual West Alabama Christmas Parade.

The parade had 103 entries, including floats, decorated vehicles, walking groups, three horse groups, seven marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

Last year, the parade, one of the largest Christmas parades in the state, was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite rain during the day, the weather cleared up for the parade's return Monday night with temperatures in the 50s and breezy conditions.

Hensley Blount sits atop her father Andrew Blount's shoulders and covers her ears as the fire trucks pass with sirens blaring in the 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade. The event returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]
Hensley Blount sits atop her father Andrew Blount's shoulders and covers her ears as the fire trucks pass with sirens blaring in the 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade. The event returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Before the parade, a tree lighting ceremony was held on the steps of the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse, featuring Tuscaloosa County Probate Judge Rob Robertson as master of ceremonies and performances by the Westwood Elementary Singers and the Alabama Blues Project.

Nancie Blewitt, Jheovanny Gomez and Pam Parker, the parade's grand marshals, flipped the switch and lit the Christmas tree in front of the courthouse.

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The theme of this year's parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.”

The parade featured 27 entries in the judged category. Here are the winners:

Taevion Underwood is all smiles while watching the 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade as it returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]
Taevion Underwood is all smiles while watching the 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade as it returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

• Best float: The Legacy Connection earned first place and the Alabama Blues Project finished second

• Decorated Vehicle: First place went to Dockworx Marine Construction and second place went to Ballard Concrete

• Walking Group: The Holt Elementary Ironettes earned first place

• Marching Band: American Christian Academy earned first place, while Northridge High School earned second place

• Best Overall Award: Bars and Stripes Gym

The 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]
The 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade returned to Tuscaloosa after a year off due to COVID-19 restrictions. The theme of the 2021 parade was “Super Heroes Celebrate Christmas.” [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

WVUA 23 will re-broadcast the the parade in its entirety on at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: West Alabama Christmas Parade returns to Tuscaloosa after hiatus

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