The red carpet was a showcase for these young performers as the Whitehaven Christmas Parade returned following the pandemic-caused pause. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)

Bowing to safety protocols during the height of the pandemic, the Christmas Parade in Whitehaven had been a no-show since 2019.

Like old times – only better – many said as the parade unfolded amid chilly tempers and the warm hearts of the Whitehaven community and its supporters on Nov. 19

The parade stepped off at Southland Mall at Elvis Presley Blvd. and Shelby Drive, continued down Elvis Presley Blvd., and ended at Laureen Drive.

Joining Whitehaven residents were some who used to call it home, others with varied connections and many just generally in support of the community.

All loved a good parade!

The parade was an element of the multi-day celebration (Nov. 17-19) of I Love Whitehaven week spearheaded by the “I Love Whitehaven” Neighborhood and Business Association.

 

The Sounds of Perfection band from Whitehaven High School was on familiar ground during the Whitehaven Christmas Parade. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

The review stand featured parade-voice Bev Johnson (center) and the “Mayor of Whitehaven” Hazel Moore (far left). (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

Rolling along. (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

Parades are for kids, like me! (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris was on target. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

Liking what they see! (Photo: Tyrone P. Easley/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

Trusting Y’all. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)

 

The Mitchell High School band was in the mix as the return of the Whitehaven Christmas Parade blew those on hand away. (Photo: Gary S. Whitlow/GSW Enterprises/The New Tri-State Defender)