Parade entries are needed for this year’s It’s A White County Christmas Lighted Parade, set for Saturday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.
This year’s theme is “Memories of Christmas Past;” however those entering the parade may do what they want, whether that is a float, vehicle or a walking unit, it will be accepted. The Chamber encourages all businesses, churches, youth organizations and schools to join the fun and help celebrate the holiday.
The top two entries will receive a prize of Carmi Dollars. The entries do not have to be elaborate and only have one rule to follow: no Santa, as Santa Claus will arrive on the Children’s Train, which has been a part of the Carmi celebration for a number of years. For the safety of those watching the parade, especially children, the throwing of candy from moving vehicles will not be permitted.
Entry forms have been sent to a number of local businesses and past participants, but anyone not receiving a form can call the chamber office at 382-7606 to sign up for the parade. One may also register by e-mail at Chamber@cityofcarmi.com or entry forms may be found at www.whitecountychristmas.com. Once the entries are received, the chamber will notify the participants of their spot in the parade line.
The It’s A White County Christmas Lighted Parade will begin at 6pm, with the line-up to begin at 5 p.m. on November 28 at the First Baptist Church parking lot. The parade will exit the parking lot through the alley onto Oak Street and then onto Third Street, where it will proceed to Stewart Street and make a right turn to Church Street and then left onto Cherry Street. The parade will proceed down Cherry Street to Main Cross, where it will turn south (right) and conclude at Veteran’s Memorial Park.
The Tree Lighting will be held immediately following the parade. Santa will then visit with the children at his house which will be located on Main Cross Street. This will be the first of many weekends through December that Santa will be taking orders from the children.
The It’s a White County Christmas Parade is brought to you in part by Silver Bell Sponsors James Cook State Farm Insurance, Banterra Bank and Hale Body Shop. It’s a White County Christmas is produced by the Carmi Chamber of Commerce and brought to you in part by Geo. N. Mitchell Drilling Company Inc.