Area cities preparing for Christmas parades
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Cities and towns throughout Talladega and St. Clair counties are hard at work planning their Christmas parades for the holiday season.

TALLADEGA

Talladega’s Christmas parade will be Dec. 3 starting at 6 p.m. Participants should starting lining up at 5:30 p.m.

According to parade committee chairman Chip Moore, registration will be open until Nov. 30, with applications available at the Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce or online at the chamber’s website.

Moore said several people have already signed up to ride on homemade floats for $25, and professional floats are available for rent for $400.

“Businesses can rent floats and either let their employees ride on them, or we can arrange sponsorships through the schools,” he said.

For more information on renting a professional float, please call 256-761-2224 and ask for Pam.

There will also be several area marching bands participating, and Santa will bring up the rear.

Santa will also be available for photos and gift requests at the Ritz Theater from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be vendors set up along the parade route, and the city has agreed to waive the vendor fee for this occasion only.

The parade will begin at Battle Street and Johnson Ave., continue down Battle Street, go around the square and end at Spring Street.

CHILDERSBURG

“The Splendor of Christmas” is this year’s theme for the Childersburg Christmas Parade, which will be held Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

The Childersburg Chamber of Commerce encourages people to show their Christmas spirit by designing and entering an amateur float.

Amateur entrants can decorate their car or truck and are asked to use their imagination using the parade theme.

Amateur floats will be judged and awards will be given for first, second and third place winners. An award will be given to the best decorated vehicle. Judging will be at 4:45 p.m. and presented before the parade begins.

There is no entry fee for amateur floats, but the chamber is accepting donations of $25 or more to help defray the cost of the parade. Checks are payable to the Chamber of Commerce and deadline for entries is Dec. 3.

The Chamber is offering groups, businesses or individuals the opportunity to purchase completely decorated professional floats with a generator. Business or group names will be displayed on the sides of the float.

One sponsor per float is offered for $400, two sponsors, $225 per sponsor with both sponsor names on the float, and four sponsors, $150 each.

Trucks and professional drivers will be provided unless the sponsor provides their own driver. Sponsors providing their own driver must let the Chamber know beforehand.

Each professional float will accommodate 12-15 people from the business or group. The Chamber can provide riders if requested.

Professional floats will be parked on the day of the parade on the semi-circle drive in front of where the old high school was located. Sponsors can inspect the floats prior to the parade and add lights and decorations if desired.

The parade lineup will be at R.S. Limbaugh Community Center and will wrap around the high school football field. It will proceed down State Highway 76 to downtown and return to the community center.

In the interest of safety, the chamber is asking that no candy be thrown from floats or vehicles and appreciates sponsor cooperation.

The chamber also asks that no one use a Santa Claus on their parade entry.

For more information regarding entry forms, contact the Childersburg Chamber of Commerce, located at 805 3rd St SW, Childersburg, or call 256-378-5482.

PELL CITY

The Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for participation in the 2012 Christmas parade.

Eric Grieve said applications, including for float entries, are available at the Pell City Chamber of Commerce office or online.

She said this year’s Christmas parade theme is “Make a Joyful Noise.”

The parade is slated to start at 7 p.m., Dec. 13, and this year’s parade is dedicated in memory of Zackary “Zack” Mason, a recent Pell City High School graduate who died unexpectedly in July.

Mason, who had Down Syndrome, was well-known in the community.

“He loved music, but Christmas music was his absolute favorite,” Grieve said.

Chamber officials are hoping for good participation in this year’s parade.

Deadline for the submissions of parade applications is Dec. 7.

“We hope to encourage participation by as many choirs, bands and musical acts as possible,” said Rod Goode, the Christmas parade committee chairman. “Zack Mason loved music, and this parade is dedicated to him and his family.”

Grieve said floats will be judged as normal this year, and all floats must be at Pell City High School for judging by 5 p.m., prior to the parade start.

Float categories include industry, small business, large business, civic clubs, schools and organizations, and churches and institutions.

Judges will consider the originality, theme, completeness and overall appearance, use of color, lights and animation, as well as the float’s neatness and workmanship.

“We are hoping to make this year’s parade extra special so with the permission from the city, we have decided to have two review stands, one in front of the courthouse and one at the end of the parade,” Grieve said. “The musical acts will be allowed to perform for one minute in front of the courthouse stage.”

Grieve said in addition to float trophies, awards could be given out to the best musical group, depending on the number of entries. A spectators’ choice award could also be given away.

Santa is also expected to make a special appearance in the annual parade.

Staff writers Chris Norwood, Mark Ledbetter and David Atchison contributed to this report.