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Elizabethtown will be finalizing entries for its annual Christmas parade later this week.
Participants must submit applications by Saturday to be considered for the parade, which is set for Dec. 8 in downtown Elizabethtown.
Sarah Vaughn said the city had less than 20 entries as of Monday afternoon and will accept between 30 and 35 parade entries. Each entry will be evaluated for appropriateness, she said.
“It’s going very well,” she said of the application process. “(We) always encourage folks to be Christmas themed.”
Applicants can enter their float for consideration by contacting Vaughn at (270) 765-6121 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries also can apply through the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Heritage Council at (270) 982-2209 or email@example.com.
To boost interest, the parade will coincide with Second Saturday activities downtown.
The Heritage Council in conjunction with the city decided to move the parade from November to early December to place it closer to Christmas and garner more interest. Heritage Council Executive Director Heath Seymour said the schedule worked out this year to host both events simultaneously.
As always, the parade will line up at Helmwood Plaza and follow Dixie Avenue to Public Square. Vaughn said Christmas carolers will be present and Mayor Tim Walker will provide a traditional Christmas reading before lighting the city’s Christmas tree following the parade.
Seymour is looking to land live music inside some of the shops and galleries downtown during the evening. Holy Apostles Anglican Church will stage a live nativity scene in tandem with Second Saturday events, Seymour said.
Vaughn said roads into downtown, including portions of North Main Street and Public Square, will be closed from 5 to 8 p.m that Saturday. Motorists are encouraged to avoid downtown during this time or access the area through a detour on Poplar Street.
Vaughn said the city hopes to ignite the Christmas spirit locally. She encouraged visitors to attend the parade and cap off the night with a visit to Christmas in the Park, the city’s free holiday-themed light show running through Jan. 1 at Freeman Lake Park.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.