The 2021 annual White Bluff Christmas parade lit up downtown White Bluff Saturday night, December 18.  Originally scheduled for December 11, the parade was postponed a week after an EF2 tornado touched down in White Bluff near the Cheatham County line, causing numerous power outages throughout the region.  The parade theme this year was “A Hero’s Christmas-Angels Among Us,” to pay homage to first responders, teachers, and everyone else who has served the community, particularly during the pandemic.

The parade has been a town tradition for close to 50 years, according to parade organizer and White Bluff court clerk Dixie Kerr, and this year’s parade was a joint venture among Burns, Charlotte, Vanleer, and White Bluff..  In troubled times, and especially in light of the events of last Saturday, maintaining these traditions takes on new meaning.  “Especially now, we’re just all looking forward to the Christmas season, and this is a kickoff to the Christmas season, and the parade is a great way to start,” Kerr said.

White Bluff Fire Chief Eric Deal sees the importance of using these community events to honor those who’ve given so much in the last year.  “This last year and a half has been stressful on anybody that works in emergency services.  To give any or all of those folks a pat on the back, they greatly appreciate it,” Deal said.

Kerr has a sister who is a nurse and a daughter who is a teacher, and she sees this as an opportunity to show appreciation for all they’ve done through the pandemic.  “We see them,” Kerr said.