Durant celebrates a very merry “nutty” Christmas in annual parade

Published: Dec. 6, 2022 at 10:44 PM CST
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DURANT, Okla (KXII) - It’s a very merry “nutty” Christmas here in Durant.

Tuesday night the City of Durant geared up for its annual Christmas parade, honoring Bryan County’s famous history involving peanuts.

“We will be unearthing the peanut. It was buried in 1973, so in 50 years we were supposed to unearth it, so on June 16, 2023, we will be unearthing that peanut.,” Durant Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Janet Reed said.

Reed said the parade is the perfect prequel to get residents excited for the time capsule reveal.

“The peanut was actually buried. It was a tribute to all of the peanut farmers in the area. Bryan County was the third largest producer of peanuts in the state of Oklahoma at that current time.”

The city estimates about 5,000 residents come to enjoy the parade.

It’s equally fun for those who participate in the parade and ride on the floats.

“We had one guy that went down, filled out the form, the float already existed, last Saturday we took a little bit of Christmas lights and decorations on it, put a few other things together like the haybells, things that people have in their house like Mr. Santa,” parade participant Dr. Hal Poovey said.

Most importantly, Poovey said he enjoys spreading holiday cheer.

“Well it’s kind of like whenever we do anything when we get together, we just have a lot of fun doing it. We have fun and we want to make sure the people around us have fun.”