Chamber President Kevin Atwood said the parade would begin at 6 p.m. on Dec. 1. This year’s theme will be “Lights and Sounds of a Cadiz Christmas.” People who wish to enter a float can pick up forms at City Hall this year. This is a change from last year’s location, the Tourism office. Nov. 26 was the first day that interested parties could pick up the forms, and they can drop them off throughout the week. There is no actual entry fee, but the Chamber requests that each entry donate a toy that is at least $10 in value. These will be donated for the local Toys for Tots.
Atwood said that floats would begin lining up behind the schools at 4 p.m. The judging will begin at five o’clock. There will be five categories in which floats will be judged: small bus, civic groups and organizations, industries, fire departments and churches. Chamber of Commerce gift certificates will be given as prizes.
The Christmas parade is the rare parade in Cadiz in which the participants go to the trouble of creating elaborate floats. Atwood said there were 54 in last year’s parade and that he had been impressed with the amount of work that people had invested in them. He also noted that it is the only annual parade held after sunset, which works out nicely since many of the floats feature strings of lights. Many area churches go to great lengths to make interesting floats, he said.
“We’re all looking forward to it, and it’s extra special that it’s held at night,” Atwood said.
The annual Festival of Trees will be opening at the Janice Mason Art Museum at the same time as the parade, and the Chamber will also be holding an open house at their office and refreshments will be served by the Trigg County Extension Homemakers.
In other local Christmas news, people began setting up their displays for Christmas in the Park the day after Thanksgiving. Organizer Judy Terrell said there are currently 68 reservations, but that she could probably fit in another five or six if people call her at 522-6822. As of Monday morning, she said that 15 displays were up.
“Everything is good and ready to go,” Terrell said. “I’m excited about the work that people have done.”