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Parade to bring Christmas cheer this Saturday
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McMinnville’s 2012 Christmas Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Main Street and Clark Boulevard. A full house is expected in the parade and gorgeous weather is in the forecast.
The city usually receives approximately 50 to 60 parade entries, with more than 70 a rarity. There are just over 70 entries this year, parade organizers say.
“More than 70 entries is a little above average,” said McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock. “That’s a pretty full house, but it’s a number we can handle. If we receive more than that, it’s too much.”
The weather forecast calls for the temperature to reach 64 degrees Saturday with partly sunny skies, according to AccuWeather.
Leading to the outpouring of participation could be the theme for this year’s parade being A Disney Christmas. Parade participants can use any Disney movie and add a Christmas twist.
One of the entries will be Durham School Services offering a spot of fun to the parade. Durham general manager Brian Riley says he would rather not give away what the entry will be.
“I would like for it to be a surprise,” said Riley. “We were excited to hear that the parade’s theme would be Disney. We are definitely going to have fun with it.”
During last year’s Christmas parade with a Dr. Suess theme, Durham employees decorated a bus like an elephant from the movie “Horton Hears A Who.”
Grand marshals leading this year’s parade will be local mascot celebrities – the Civic Center’s Gilley Frog, Warren County High School’s Pioneer Jake, and the Mini Standard’s Bonnie Bear.
Ushering in the holiday season in Warren County and taking a place of honor at the end of the parade will be Santa Claus. After the parade has ended, St. Nick will make his way to Court Square where he and McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley will flip the switch and light the Christmas tree.
Lineup of entries will begin at noon at McMinnville Civic Center, with the parade moving to the corner of Main Street and Clark Boulevard at 2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., the parade will travel the length of Main Street, turning onto Colville Street and ending at the Farmers Market.
McMinnville Police Department will be restricting parking along Main Street beginning at noon. Spectators are encouraged to park behind the Chamber of Commerce, behind Hoover & Son Insurance, beside the Farmers Market, and in the public parking lot on Spring Street.
The parade is sponsored by the city of McMinnville.