There will be a magical feel to the city of McMinnville’s 2012 Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m.
McMinnville Public Works director Bill Brock announced Wednesday the theme for this year’s parade will be A Disney Christmas.
“We thought last year’s Dr. Seuss theme was a big success,” Brock said. “Everyone had fun and seemed to enjoy themselves. We think this will be just as much fun if everyone gets creative.”
The grand marshal will not be Mickey Mouse.
“We don’t want to violate any copyright laws,” said Brock. “I don’t think Disney would be upset about the theme, but they might if we use Mickey as the grand marshal. They usually get upset if you make money. This is not a money-maker. More like money in the hole.”
Under consideration for grand marshal is asking local mascots such as Bonnie Bear from Southern Standard, the Fire Pup from McMinnville Fire Department, Tommy T. Giraffe from First National Bank, and Gilley the Frog from Parks and Recreation.
“We understand those are not Disney characters, but the parade is for children and they will recognize them,” said Brock. “They can be dressed up to represent Disney characters. Gilley the Frog can be the prince.”
Parade entries must stick to the theme. Any Disney movie can be used in a Christmas way, such as “Toy Story,” “Cars,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “Muppets,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Bambi,” “Tinker Bell,” “Snow Buddies,” and “Monsters, Inc.,” to name a few.
The only Santa Claus that will be allowed will be St. Nick himself as he takes his place of honor at the end of the parade. Parade entries must be careful, Brock says, if they choose to base their float on the movie “The Santa Clause” because only one Santa is allowed.
The parade will begin at McMinnville Civic Center and end at the water tower beside the Farmers Market. During the parade, candy cannot be thrown and entries are encouraged to play music that is Christmas related.
Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber of Commerce, McMinnville City Hall, or McMinnville Civic Center. Deadline for registration is Nov. 19. No entries will be accepted after the deadline.