This year’s McMinnville Christmas Parade theme will be “I’ll Be Home For Christmas: A Red, White and Blue Salute to the 1940s.”
The event will be held Dec. 7 beginning at 2:30 p.m.
“That date will mark the 72nd anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor,” said Mayor Jimmy Haley. “What better way to honor our veterans and acknowledge the sacrifices made by the greatest generation during World War II?”
World War II veterans will be grand marshals of the parade. Any WWII veteran wanting to be included in the parade needs to call Haley at 224-8521 or City Hall at 473-1200.
This is the second time the city has used the “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” theme for its Christmas parade. It was used before in 2009.
While WWII veterans will receive special recognition, Haley encourages churches and other organizations to include any veteran on their float.
Lineup for the parade will be at McMinnville Civic Center at noon. The route will remain unchanged: The procession will travel down Clark Boulevard, turn left onto Main Street, travel the length of Main Street, turn right onto Colville Street, and end at the Farmers Market.
Entries must stick with a Christmas theme. No one is allowed to throw candy (candy must be distributed by hand), or use Santa Claus as part of their float. Santa will be riding on the last float in the parade.
The entry deadline is Nov. 22. No entries will be accepted after that date. Entry forms are available at City Hall, the Chamber of Commerce and the Civic Center.