ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — The Enterprise Christmas parade officially wrapped up around 8 on Tuesday.
Enterprise officials from the Chamber of Commerce said this year’s turnout was amazing.
“We have 146 units out here decorated,” Account Specialist for the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Brenna Johnson said. “Especially after COVID, everyone is trying to find something to do, get the Christmas season started off and get everyone excited about Christmas and bring some more business to downtown enterprise.”
This year’s parade looked a little different than in years past.
Normally cars would line the street with community members viewing from the road but this year the city passed an ordinance that disallowed cars on the roadway during the parade.
“Nothing but great reviews,” Enterprise Police Chief Michael Moore said. “And I appreciate the council and the mayor for passing this ordinance. It makes it safer and easier for the patrons to see everything.”
Also around a dozen specially trained community response team members are also keeping things in check.
“We actually have about 10 or 15 up there without police department to watch the streets and traffic to make sure everything is calm cool and collected,” said Johnson.
Community members are excited to get out with friends and family as well.
“The enterprise spirit and all the friends and family like to come out here and have a good time, attendee Mark Sullivan said.
“My 8-year-old Gavin is going to be in the parade,” attendee Quentin Doby said. “He won Alabamas first recreation basketball competition. It’s amazing to actually represent the city of Enterprise.”
The Enterprise Police Department wants to thank the community for coming together and doing its part to ensure everyone’s safety.
“I appreciate everyone’s cooperation with getting the vehicles off the road. We have very little contact asking people to move. I think everyone heeded that, I appreciate that and it worked really well,” Chief Moore said.
According to Chief Moore, this is how parades will be handled in the city of enterprise from now on.