Suzanna Brabant/For the Times Travis Davis makes an adjustment to his float prior to Sunday evening's Red Boiling Springs Christmas Parade.

Suzanna Brabant/For the Times

Travis Davis makes an adjustment to his float prior to Sunday evening's Red Boiling Springs Christmas Parade.

As part of the Red Boiling Springs Fire Department, Travis Davis has held a front-row seat to the city's nighttime Christmas parade from the beginning.

However, Davis and his team at Macon Power Sports eventually began putting their own spin on the parade themes, with this year's design featuring their utility vehicles moonlighting as reindeer.

"Our float is decorated with a lot of our own stuff in it this time," Davis said. "They sort of look like reindeer pulling a sleigh. When it comes together, I think it's really going to look good. We'll be using our bigger models, along with the lights at night and a sound system."

Macon Power Sports joined the array of floats within the last five years, and the group set a goal to incorporate their own identity into each one. Although he still helps the fire department when possible, most of Davis' involvement in the parade is now with his business.

"We all just sit down together to come up with a design," Davis said. "We always try to do something that integrates with the year's theme. So far, I think my personal favorite is one from a couple years ago when they did a Disney theme. We did 'Cars' when most people were doing Christmas movies or specials."

His favorite part of the parade is watching the children enjoy the floats, adding that the event creates a sense of community around the holidays.

He has seen the event grow over the years.

"Red Boiling being the night parade, I think it looks a little better than the daytime, because of the lights on the floats," Davis said. "I've seen a lot more people over the last few years migrate over to Red Boiling Springs and enjoy the parade."

Davis noted that some families in Macon County will set their time aside to visit the parades in both Lafayette and Red Boiling Springs, an atmosphere that he said makes the day important to the community.

"I see the community's families and children," Davis said. "Moms and dads … I see kids really get excited, and for one time a year, people don't think about normal life for a little bit. It's good for local businesses, for community pride and for getting away from the stresses of the day."