The wonder and merriment of McMinnville’s annual Christmas Parade will make its way through downtown this Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.
“Songs of Christmas” is the parade theme and members of Warren County Nurse Honor Guard will serve as grand marshals. There are 70 parade entries, about half of which are floats.
Santa Claus will have his traditional spot riding in back of the parade.
The parade will follow its usual route, turning by Hardee’s and running the length of Main Street.
In addition to all the holiday joy, motorists are being asked to observe some parade-related precautions on Saturday. McMinnville Police Department wants to remind residents of parking restrictions, as well as make motorists aware of congestion Saturday morning around Milner Recreation Center during lineup.
Police will be restricting parking on Main Street on Saturday from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The parade is set to begin at 2 p.m. Main Street will be cleared of parked vehicles ahead of time. Any remaining on the street will be towed at the owner’s expense.
“Vehicles are not allowed on Main Street for the enjoyment of onlookers and the safety of everyone,” said Deputy Chief Mike Lane. “It also allows people to see the parade as it passes without vehicles obstructing their view. Thankfully, we’ve never had to tow anyone’s car.”
Before the Police Department started restricting parking, vehicles would line the street on both sides and people would have to get in between the parked vehicles or into the street in order to watch the parade.
Spectators are encouraged to utilize one of the city-owned parking areas located along West Colville and East Colville streets: behind Park Theater and First National Bank, at Warren County Farmers Market and the Blue Building parking lot. There is also a parking lot on North Spring Street beside Kum-N-Go Market.
“The parade is lining up on the streets around Milner Recreation Center,” said Lane. “The lineup begins are 11:30 a.m. and will include Clark Boulevard, Club Drive, Sunset Drive and Garfield Street. Motorists can expect to see officers directing traffic on those streets for the parade lineup.”