A COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS' Police Athletic League to lead Christmas parade

TUPELO – Police Athletic League coaches, students, staff and volunteers were named grand marshals for the 2017 Reed’s Tupelo Christmas Parade.

“This year, you all have been chosen to lead the Christmas parade,” Debbie Brangenberg, executive director of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association, told about 50 students at the PAL building on Wednesday.

The 69th annual parade will be 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, and the theme will be “A Community Christmas.”

“We have worked hard to be involved in the community,” said Police Chief Bart Aguirre. “Our coaches and staff have worked extra hard. They volunteered a lot of their time and effort to make it what it is today.”

Jack Reed Jr., president of R.W. Reed Co., said PAL was a perfect choice when there’s so much negative national news about black and white relations.

“This is one of the good experiences, the police and the whole community but primarily the African-American community coming together,” said Reed, who helped PAL become a 501c3 organization when it formed.

PAL offers a range of programs, including basketball, boxing, tutoring and life skills.

“With latchkey kids, instead of being home watching TV after school, they’re doing positives things,” Reed said.

Groups can register for the parade by downloading an application at www.tupelomainstreet.com, and applications also are available at the DTMSA office, 108 S. Broadway St.

The registration deadline is Nov. 3. If there’s space, entries will be taken after that with a $25 late fee.

Registration is free for marching bands, veterans groups and elected officials; $25 for 501c3 nonprofits; $50 for non-501c3 organizations and associations; and $100 for businesses.

People also are invited to volunteer and become part of the Christmas parade team.

For information, call (662) 841-6598.

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