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Little parade with a big heart returns on Thanksgiving

Jeri Taylor thanks you for supporting one of the shortest parades in the state with the biggest of hearts.


The Jacksonport Thanksgiving Parade returns to Highway 57 on the morning of November 24th for its 26th edition. When Taylor helped start the two-block parade that bounces between a pair of local restaurants, they did not have high hopes. Instead of throwing candy, they threw birdseed just in case no one showed up. The parade has always benefited a local family or cause, raising tens of thousands of dollars over the years. Taylor is thrilled that it has become a tradition for so many people.

You can show up at the Jacksonport Town Hall to participate in the parade at 9:30 a.m. Spectators can donate money to the family of nine-year-old Alice Mattson along the route when the parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Mattson was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia two years ago, and the money collected will go towards the expenses piling up as her family cares for her.

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