The parade was so well known that it drew famous people from across the state and, on occasion, the country.
But in recent years, the parade has dwindled in turnout, both in participants and spectators.
And that’s too bad, since such events are so important, especially in rural communities like Talladega.
If all goes as planned, though, this year will mark the turning point for the parade.
The Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade Committee will have former University of Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings as the grand marshal. What’s more, the festivities extend beyond the parade to a banquet at Shocco Springs Conference Center, where Stallings is scheduled to speak.
Parade Committee Chairwoman Mary Jane Kiker said their aim is to return the parade to its former glory, which will be a much-needed shot in the arm to both the city of Talladega, the Chamber of Commerce and the people who own and operate businesses here.
These events are much more than a fun way to spend an afternoon. They foster a sense of pride in our city and help bring residents closer together.
They are also a great way to showcase what city leaders and citizens can do when they cooperate for a common goal.
We applaud Kiker, the committee and chamber for working to breathe new life into Talladega’s Christmas parade.
We also join them in encouraging people to participate in the event. The parade will have professional floats sponsored by local businesses, but homemade floats are also welcome for the lineup. In fact, there will be a contest for the best homemade floats.
All of this spells good news for Talladega and is a solid indication that both the city and the Chamber of Commerce are getting back on the right track.
If people continue to work together to improve Talladega, there is no limit to what can be accomplished in this city.