Tonight’s the night.
Thursday night in downtown Purcell will be the place to be when he annual holiday parade returns.
Theme of this year’s parade is “Anything Christmas!”
The tree lighting is at 5:30 p.m. at the caboose.
The Lexington Show Choir sings at 5:45 p.m. and the parade starts at 6 p.m.
According to Elisabeth Baker, the keeper of all things Christmas parade, there were “around 40” parade entries in hand as of Monday.
Bragging rights will be up for grabs during the event. Judges will select a winner in each category.
Categories include Holiday Spirit Award for the best entry in theme, Christmas Star Award for the best business/organization entry, Santa’s Sleigh Award for the best vehicle entry, Holly Jolly Youth Award for the best youth (18 and under) entry, Jingle Bells Award for the best musical entry and Reindeer Award for the best animal entry.
The biggest highlight of this year’s parade will be a personal appearance by Santa Claus.
Mr. Yeti’s will be on site to warm participants and spectators alike with hot chocolate and cider.
Baker is working on confirming other groups for live music that will put everyone in earshot in a Christmas state of mind.
Following the parade, the McClain County Museum will host a self-guided Christmas History Walking Tour of Main Street.
In addition, the museum is hanging historical posters in the windows of Main Street businesses.
Businesses along the thoroughfare are also encouraged to decorate their windows with Christmas lights and other seasonal items.
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