Friday December 2, 2016
The Annual Alexandria Christmas parade will take place on Friday December 2, 6pm (rain date 12/3). Parade units will meet with parade committee members to get their instructions at the back door of the Cornerstone Community Church (parking lot located on the corner of Polk and Sullivan Streets). All entries will need to be lined up by 5:15pm for judging. The judges will be selecting: Best Float-Theme & Lights, Best Unit on Foot, Best Music, Enthusiasm Award , and Judges Award- “Best in Show”. Winners will be announced as they approach Harrison Park, downtown. Parade awards are sponsored by: MainSource Bank and Gaithers Family Resources.
This year's theme will be “Gift of the Magi”. The Commons Theatre will be presenting performances of the play “Gift of the Magi” before and after the parade, as well as a Saturday matinee.
The 2016 Alexandria Christmas Parade Marshal will be longtime local business owner, Scott DeVoe, of DeVoe Chevrolet. Scott has been involved in many community events and causes over the years. Scott and his business put on the Christmas for Kids Campaign every year, where they help local families during the holiday season.
The parade committee has asked that all entries: be decorated theme appropriate or other holiday décor, clearly identify organization or business for parade observers, DO NOT include Santa with your entry (Santa will be at end of parade), and 40 foot space per unit available – no more than 2 motorized vehicles. The parade will start at the corner of Tyler and Harrison Streets. The route will go south on Harrison Street and turn west onto Washington Street. At the end of the parade will be the arrival of Mr and Mrs Santa Clause. They will then arrive to Santa's house in Harrison Park to visit with children. The Santa house is provided by the Alexandria Kiwanis Club. After the parade, the Alexandria Community Band will entertain people waiting to visit with Santa, by playing some holiday tunes in Harrison Park.
In 2015, the committee created the “Alexandria Residential Christmas Lighting Contest”. Nominations were collected of local residents holiday outdoor lighting displays. Prizes were given out to the winners. The committee decided to continue this tradition, but will add a new category to include local merchants. Nominations for both the Residential and Merchant Christmas Lighting Contests will be taken until December 13th.
Again this year, there will be “Letter to Santa” boxes stationed at local businesses. These letters will be collected and printed in the Alexandria Times Tribune. Location of the “Letter to Santa” boxes will be announced in the future.
For nominations of both the Residential and Merchant Christmas Lighting Contests, along with FREE parade entries please contact the Alexandria Monroe Chamber of Commerce at: 765-724-3144, email@example.com or stop by the Chamber office at 125 N Wayne Street.