Now that Thanksgiving is past, celebration of the Christmas holiday will shift into high gear. A big part of that will be the Christmas parades held in the various towns and communities around Marshall County.

“The Stories of Christmas” will be the theme for most parades.

Here’s the schedule of parades:

Guntersville Christmas Parade - Dec. 6, 6 p.m. Down Gunter Avenue, starting on Scott Street and ending one block north of Highway 69 at Gilbreath Street near Coldwell Banker and State Farm Insurance. Line up will be at 4:30 p.m. Each motorized vehicle is required to have lights on the front and back. Your vehicle or decorations cannot be larger than 13 feet high or 18 feet wide. Candy will not be thrown from the parade entries, but someone may walk alongside the float to hand out candy. For more information visit the Guntersville Chamber’s website at or stop by the office.

Asbury/Martling Christmas Parade, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 p.m., starting in front of Asbury Fire Department. Line up at 1 p.m. Grand marshal: Sheriff Phil Sims & his wife Shelby.

Grant Christmas Parade, Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m. The parade will start at the DAR campus, travel down Main Street and end at the Grant Church of Christ. Retiring longtime town clerk Carolyn May will be the grand marshal. Animals are allowed in the parade and you can register by stopping by Grant Town Hall or by calling 256-728-2007.

Arab Christmas Parade, Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. Line-up begins at 4 p.m. You may pass out candy at the parade. If you wish for your float to be judged, there is a $35 fee. You can registered online or by going to the chamber. The parade route will begin at Arab First Baptist and run down Main Street to around Latham’s Pharmacy.

Albertville Christmas Parade Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:20 p.m. Line up begins at 4 p.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot from Baltimore Ave. The entry fee for the parade is $15. All entries mist be decorated and there is only one Santa Clause allowed in the parade. He will be on the fire truck at the very end. There will be no candy or other items allowed to be thrown from floats or vehicles. You may have someone walk along side and pass out candy.

Boaz Christmas Parade, ”Year of Our Stories,” Dec. 6 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. The line up begins at 4:30. The parade will start on Billy Dyar Blvd. and will end in the same location. This is right beside where they are building the new rec center. Horses are allowed in the parade but they must have manure bags. There are no Santa Claus on floats besides the City of Boaz. They will not allow any political group or organization in the parade. For more information visit their website or stop by their location.

There’s not a Douglas nor Brindlee Mountain parade this year.

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