Bessemer’s annual Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. in downtown, with former All-Pro Philadelphia Eagles safety Wes Hopkins and Bessemer native and NBC 13’s Today personality Eunice Elliot serving as Grand Marshals.
The theme for this year’s parade is “I’ll be Home for Christmas.”
The parade highlights the holiday season in Bessemer and features local marching bands, floats, horses, candy and an appearance by Santa Claus!
There will be cash prizes awarded in the categories for floats, vehicles and equestrian based on this year’s theme.
The entry deadline for the parade is Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $25 per entry. The sponsorship fee is $150.
Parade entrants and sponsors must complete registration forms that are available at the Chamber web site. Click on "view all events," then on "City of Bessemer Christmas Parade" to find the forms.
Make checks for entries and sponsorship fees payable to the Bessemer Area Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 321 18th St. North downtown.
For more information, call 205-425-3253 or go to www.bessemerchamber.com.
The city of Bessemer’s Public Works Department is announcing changes in trash pick-up service that will affect residents in the areas of Willowbrook, Fourth Avenue SW, Ninth Avenue to 13th Avenue from 15th Street to 20th Street, Old Jonesboro and Smith Highlands.
The following areas will have trash service change from Tuesday to Monday beginning Dec. 9 and will continue thereafter every two weeks:
Willowbrook – Orso Drive and Willowbrook Drive.
Fourth Avenue SW – Industrial Park Blvd, Industrial Park Circle, Grant Street, Airport, McCalla Road from Fourth Avenue to Perimeter Way, Bannerman Road, Campbell Lane, McAdory School Road from Fourth Avenue to Harmon Lane, Fourth Avenue SW from McAdory School Road to Grant Street.
The following areas will have trash service change from Friday to Thursday, beginning Dec. 5 and will continue thereafter every two weeks:
Ninth Avenue to 13th Avenue from 15th Street to 20th Street.
All city of Bessemer offices will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
This includes the offices of the Bessemer Civic Center and Bessemer Utilities.
There will be no garbage or trash pickup on those two dates. Routes where garbage is normally collected on those days will have the garbage collected on the next regular scheduled day.
Mayor Kenneth Gulley announced the city of Bessemer has been approved for financing to construct a new City Hall Building and a Recreational Complex in the city.
Gulley made his announcement toward the end of Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Gulley told councilmembers and residents in attendance at the meeting that the city’s recent bond refinancing efforts had been successful and the city was expected to receive about $20 million to construct the two projects.