Annual Christmas parade set for Dec. 5

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Parade a community favorite, tradition

The Cassville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its annual Christmas parade on Dec. 5.

Anyone interesting in participating in the parade should pick up a form from the chamber at 504 Main St. and return it by Nov. 30. Forms may also be emailed to chamber@cassville.com. There is no charge to participate in the parade. Participants will be contacted the week before the parade with their line up number.

Entries are defined as specially-built floats, individual vehicles, groups of vehicles, or people on foot. Participants should not include Santa as part of their entry. The chamber reserves a spot for the one-and-only Mr. Claus at the end of the parade.

On parade day, entries will begin lining up at Cassville High School at 4 p.m., with the procession to Main Street beginning at 5:45 p.m. and reaching Main by 6 p.m. The parade will conclude on Farm Road 2182, or Clover Street.

First-place trophies will be awarded to winners in the religious, non-religious, commercial, marching band and horse-drawn divisions. There will also be special awards for the single-unit vehicle category, including: best-decorated, oldest, and most-unusual car.

Hutchen's Construction will be sponsoring the Children's Choice Award for float entries. The single, grand-prize winner will receive $1,000. A group of children ages 3-10 will have float entry ballots and will judge on the creativity of the float to determine the winner.

Brittany Farris, chamber director, said the chamber would love to see more floats be a part of the parade.

"I am looking forward for the community to come together during the holiday time," she said. "The parade is one of Cassville's Christmas traditions and I'm glad to be part of it this year. We always have a good turnout."

Bands are limited to three-minute performances. Judging will be based on lights, decorations and originality, and will be posted 30-45 minutes following the conclusion of the parade at the chamber.

Winning entries will be contacted Monday morning and asked to pick up their prizes.

For questions, people may call Farris at 417-847-2814.

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