I’ll Be Home for Christmas Pearl Harbor Remembered will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, during and following the McMinnville Christmas Parade.
What’s more fun than a Christmas parade? Main Street McMinnville executive director Carla King asked that question, then answered it.
“A swing dance on Court Square in downtown McMinnville,” King said. “Come on downtown after the parade and enjoy a night of fun, music and dancing in the streets.”
A veterans program will be held in the lobby of Regions Bank from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by California Club dancers. All veterans are invited to attend. World War II veterans will be honored.
McMinnville’s Christmas Parade will have the theme of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and honor World War II veterans. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. Grand marshals will be WWII veterans.
The parade will start at McMinnville Civic Center and will travel the length of Main Street. Immediately following the parade, there will be a ceremony to light the tree on The Lot.
A Dr Pepper Jump, Jive & Jingle Swing Dance will be offered on Court Square with music from Two Tall Divas and a Tip Top Daddy performing songs from the 1940s on The Lot.
Other scheduled activities include the following:
• Santa will be at Citizen’s Tri-County Bank with Krystal’s Pixels on hand to get a photo with Santa.
• Regions Bank will become a movie house with 1940s superhero cartoon clips.
• The Oasis Church will hold a live nativity scene on the lot next to the old Fraley’s building.
• The Warren County Heritage Museum will be open for free tours with a WWII movie playing in the theater area in the back.
• New this year will be a 1940s radio display in the Chamber of Commerce community room by Bryan Kell with Peg Broadcasting.
“There will also be various entertainment in downtown stores and restaurants and they will be open for your shopping and dining pleasure,” said King. “We hope to have some military vehicles downtown again this year. That was a big hit last year.”
If anyone has a 1940s-era vehicle, bring it downtown and add to the feel of a 1940s downtown. Although not required, visitors are encouraged to come dressed in 1940s attire.
King says downtown hair salons can help with the hair. “Many of our downtown hair salons will be happy to create a classic ‘40s look,” she said.