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Christmas parade to feature 70 entries
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File photo of a previous Christmas parade.

McMinnville Police Department has its motorcycle. The first glimpse of it might be in the city’s Christmas parade. 

“It hasn’t been striped yet,” said Police Chief Nicole Mosley. “We may take it out anyway to ride in the Christmas Parade.”

Assigned to use it are administrative Lt. Bill Davis and Lt. Bobby Anderson. 

The department was given permission by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to purchase at 2021 Harley-Davidson police duty motorcycle from Bumpus Harley-Davidson of Murfreesboro. Cost was $23,752. Those funds were within the department’s 2021-22 fiscal year budget.

The city’s Christmas parade is next weekend on Saturday, Dec. 4, and beings at 2 p.m. 

“As of Wednesday at noon, there were 70 entries,” said Michael Benusches, recreation program coordinator with McMinnville Parks and Recreation. “Between 35 and 40 of them are floats.” 

The parade traditionally attracts between 60 and 80 entries. However, the 2017 parade attracted one shy of 100. That year’s theme was Superheroes for Christmas. 

“I think it’s a great number,” said Benusches. “I’m proud of the community involvement and I hope we can make it a great time for all of the spectators.”

This year’s theme is Songs for Christmas, and all entries must be decorated per the theme. Lineup for entries begins at 11:30 a.m. at Milner Recreation Center.