Entries are still being accepted for St. Clair’s annual Christmas parade.
The parade will be held Sunday, Dec. 4.
Line up starts at 4:30 p.m., at the high school. Participants are asked to enter the campus through the junior high entrance only. The Edgar Murray entrance will be blocked off.
The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Movies.”
There is a $10 entry fee for all parade participants, and everyone will be automatically entered for the judging this year. There will be three judges on hand who will judge floats on creativity, use of lights and theme incorporation.
“The judges will be at the corner of Springfield and Main Street,” Park Board President Karen McGlenn said. “The judges will just have a sheet with the (float) numbers on them so they won’t know who is who.”
All proceeds from the entry fees will go to help area food pantries. School organizations that would like to participate in the parade can enter for 10 cans of food in lieu of the donation.
Entry forms for the parade are available at St. Clair City Hall. Forms, along with the entry fee, can be turned in at city hall, but the park board will accept last-minute entries.
“We are prepared for last-minute entries,” McGlenn said.
Parade participants are encouraged to give out candy and sing or play Christmas carols.
The parade route will go from the high school down Bardot Street making a right onto Springfield. From there the procession will turn left onto Main Street, then right on Kitchell to Evergreen Park. Santa Claus will be waiting for children at the end of the route at gazebo on Main Street where free hot chocolate and snacks will be available. Children can have their picture taken with Santa.
This year’s grand marshal will be Gary Land, owner of Ozark Die Casting in St. Clair.
The parade is sponsored by the city of St. Clair and the St. Clair Parks Department.
This is the first year the park board has held the parade on a Sunday. Park board members are hoping the change will allow for more participation from area churches.
For more information, people may contact city hall at 636-629-0333, ext. 105.