Sunday will mark the seventh annual Elizabethtown Christmas parade, and organizers are planning for a big day for the town, including sightings of St. Nick himself.
"It's happening", parade organizer Monica Compton said. Firefighters from all three stations will be taking part in the parade for the second year in a row, collecting toys for the Salvation Army.
Participants are urged to be creative when thinking how their favorite Christmas movies translate to a parade.
The parade will follow its usual route.
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"Even adults will run right up to vehicles, and children run right up under there, and the person driving doesn't even see them", said Planning Technician Billie Hall, who oversaw the rewriting of parade guidelines.
Compton and Blakely reached out to traditional sponsors such as Lithia Toyota and regular entrants such as the marching bands at the Thurston and Springfield high schools. The parade has in the past been held on Friday evenings. Last year, the parade saw approximately 50 entries. For example, no Christmas-decorated llamas are yet entered in the parade.
Leading the parade this year will be Grand Marshal Kathy Gillette, the Moore Chamber of Commerce president.
Whether it's Santa Claus, a Nativity scene, carols or the lighting of the city Christmas tree and lights, people will get their fill of holiday cheer during the Christmas in the Park celebration. But that means that entrants don't have to begin assembling in the parking lot of the Walmart, WinCo and True Value on Olympic Street until 11 a.m.
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