Christmas parade is Saturday

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By Becky Barnes

Snowflakes shimmering along the downtown streets can mean only one thing -- it’s Christmas time, and Christmas time brings the annual holiday parade.

It’s tradition.

Anxious children and adults will line the streets of the parade’s path. There will be horses and carriages, floats and Scouts, antique cars and the marching band.

It’s tradition.

Watch for the tractors and the miniature horses. Surely there will be elves and one will certainly be the most jolliest of all -- Santa.

It’s tradition -- and that’s the theme for this year’s parade -- “Christmas traditions.”

Pat Grenier, Chamber director, said this year’s parade will keep with tradition in that it will be full of Christmas sights and sounds.

“It’s a very full parade,” she beamed.

Something that will make this year’s event even more special will be its grand marshals. Two soldiers representing the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy will lead the charge. They are Army Supply Sgt. Allen Fryman and the Navy’s Chief Petty Officer Kelly Winkle.

Some of the registered participants are Jazzercise, the Arts Council, Rohs Opera House, MCTC-Licking Valley Campus, 4-H, ROTC, Harrison Memorial Hospital, Bill Kelly’s grist mill and a float of golden retrievers from the Furnish family.

Grenier invited everyone to the Chamber’s new office at the corner of Main and Pike streets following the parade for hot cocoa and a visit with Santa.

The parade will get underway at 4 p.m. Participants will be lining up at River Road beginning around 2:45 to 3 p.m., Grenier said. It will follow the traditional route.

It will turn from River Road onto Pleasant Street and then to Main heading north to Pearl Street and onto Walnut. It will follow Walnut to Pike, back to Main and then Pleasant, ending back at River Road.

It’s tradition; Make it part of yours.