On Saturday, December 17, Pushmataha County experienced a first for the Holiday Season. A “Motionless” Christmas Parade.
Many residents voiced their unfavorable opinions about breaking tradition this year as the Pushmataha County Chamber of Commerce, the Deer Capitol Tourism Association and Pushmataha Development Initiative decided to do away with the traveling down Main Street parade and decided to make it become a “Motionless” Parade.
Residents concerns included wondering how the elderly would be able to enjoy this new event as walking is troubling for many and they are not able to move about with ease. They also stated feeling that making this a “motionless” parade takes away from the elders in our community nursing homes as they could just go outside and get to enjoy the children and the parade but with it no longer traveling down Main Street they will no longer be able to be apart of the festivities.
For the first year of this event taking place there was a decent turnout to see Santa. Over 200 photos were taken and around 300 goodie bags handed out to attending children. The sponsors are estimating that approximately 1,000 individuals attending the event.
There were a total of 6 “float” entries including Elves, Gingerbread men and houses, Toys and a Camping Santa. The “floats” were judged not only by a secret panel of judges but also by the public. The first place winner for the Fan Favorite display was the Choctaw Youth Advisory Board and their helpful Elves. Second place for the Fan Favorite went to Nancy and Girls for their Camping Santa display. First place for the Judge’s choice and the winners of the big trophy was the Choctaw Youth Advisory Board bringing their take home total to $400 and two 1st place trophies. Second place for the Judge’s Choice went to Nancy and Girls bringing their winnings to $200 and two 2nd place trophies.
Event sponsors are planning on repeating this event next year and hoping that it will continue to grow and gain more community support and participation.