Christmas Parade entertains large crowd in Eupora

From Staff Reports

A large crowd turned out to view the 2012 Eupora Christmas Parade, “Let Freedom Ring with the Bells of Christmas,” on Dec. 1.

The parade featured 30 entries and the bands from Eupora, East Webster (“The Pride”) and Holmes Community College. The Eupora Rotary Club is parade sponsor.

Float winners were North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora, first place; First Baptist Church’s Golden Circle Sunday School class, second place; and Community Counseling Services’ CCS Express, third place.

Billy Powell served as grand marshal. He worked as a human resource manager for Futorian Corp. for 42 years, organized youth baseball in Eupora and served as park director for 19 years.

A state and national director of Dizzy Dean Baseball, Powell is now serving on the Dizzy Dean National Executive Board. He served as commissioner of Dizzy Dean Baseball over 17 states.

In addition to the accompanying photos, many more parade photos by Richard Love may be viewed in the Ballshotz album “2012 Eupora Christmas Parade” that is shared on the Webster Progress-Times Facebook page.