Take a trip over to Sergeant Park for a hot bite of food in a nice warm tent before heading over to visit with Santa and have your free picture made. If children are on the “Nice” list they get tickets to play at the Reindeer Games. So much fun and the place to be after the parade as the old Post Office is also doing a Christmas celebration and allowing touring of the building. Walking the downtown streets after the parade will be so much fun this year.
Rumors fly but we never pulled candy from the parade. Yes, throw candy but not if you are the one driving the vehicle through parade route. Young children who cannot throw a safe distance will have to have parents throw candy instead. We are enforcing a 10 ft back rule or you aren’t going to have candy thrown to you. If you run up to cars as in years past you will get a visit from a deputy. Thank you everyone!
2014 HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT PARADE (by helpful we mean READ IT ALL!) Thank you.
If you don’t won’t to be exposed to the loud sirens by fire trucks, etc participating in the parade stand in a location that is not near a red light. Under all lights is where they sound sirens.
No Santa’s or Mrs. Clauses of ANY KIND as this will confuse children. We will have one Santa and Mrs. Clause at the end of parade on the big float.
Unless a vehicle is over 25 years old and completely restored it can’t participate in the parade as an auto entry unless it belongs to one of our registered auto clubs. Cars must also be decorated at least a little bit. Autos used for businesses, civic, candidate and schools to transport participants through parade are exceptions to this.
Horse winner this year will be awarded $50.00 Horses will be judged at 5:30 sharp and will be judged upon cleanliness of horse and tack, ribbons, bells, lights, etc. You must ride your horse through parade in order to win horse award. All horse participants will need to go to the street department area behind the Y-12 building for unloading and holding. The gate will be open.
You may bring your float in to line up at LaFollette Elementary School as early as 11pm.
Commercial Float Judging will take place at 4:00 sharp. Floats must be in place and all accessorizing completed at this time. Floats must be pre-registered and due to a night parade we need safety walkers along sides of float to assure spectator children don’t get too close to moving traffic. For every 20 ft of float at least one safety walker. Team leaders please select a few volunteers for this task if you have a larger float. Thank you. Our children are top priority and their safety is our first concern.
The Reason for the Season Award is a category entered into by choice only if your church or church youth group is working with a smaller budget but you still wish to compete for a cash prize. The Reason for the Season award is $500.00 and judging begins at the same time as commercial floats 4 pm. Please indicate on entry form if this category is what you wish to enter in. Otherwise all contestants registering for cash prize will go to the regular commercial entry by default.
All floats are judged on TDDMC
T- Theme (Any theme chosen by participant)
Your float doesn’t have to harbor all of these elements but it stands a much higher chance of winning if it does as this is what the judges scale on.
If you would like your business or organization to participate in the Reindeer games immediately following the parade Saturday night please fill out an entry form. Please make a $20.00 check out to Campbell County Christmas Parade Committee and drop off or fax to the City of LaFollette. The Reindeer Games entry form is downloadable on the home page of this site. You are welcome to sell your product, goods, crafts, or food items at the games. It’s a great opportunity to outreach to the children of our community if you are a church also. Bake sales are encouraged.
Santa will be appearing at Sergeant Park for free pictures with children after parade. The photos can be picked up at city hall the Friday following the parade.
All registrations need to be turned in or faxed to LaFollette City Hall by Wednesday, December 3rd.
Mandatory parade route driver, traffic, pedestrian, safety training in gym area at 5 pm.
Awards will be announced and trophies and checks given immediately following safety meeting at 5:30 pm in the gymnasium.
The 2014 Grand Marshal at this time has not been announced.
This year the 2014 Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec 6th at 6 pm. The lineup will begin at La Follette Elementary School so get there early as you know how traffic gets nuts. Please don’t be late or you will be in fits. Everyone is parade needs to be on site and in place by 5pm. Also, remember only vehicles that are in parade go to the school area where line up is, all others drop off at foot of hill (turn around area provided) and let party walk up hill. If your child is younger and you need to walk your child to the group location take the back valley road to Snodderly park (behind Elementary School) and park. Walk down with child. This keeps traffic from bottle necking. Signs will be up to direct you.
There were many additions to the activities surrounding the parade last year in an attempt to raise funding which were very successful and will continue this year. Giving by sponsors is still a little low and it’s been reflected as committee members have had to put personal money into the parade to keep it successful. The committee plans to focus on the fundraising aspects of the parade the next couple years and get it to a point where it is self-sufficient in it’s prize awards. This means some exciting additions to our community traditions as always.
One returning hit is the Reindeer Games held in Sergeant Park immediately following the parade. Come get warm inside a huge tent and EAT!!! Yes that’s right EAT. The first thing people look for after a wonderful parade is food and someplace to get warm. Well Sergeant Park will have both! The reindeer games are free to participate and play for children but if you wish for a booth to set up and sale your goods or outreach to the community it’s a $20 fee with first come first serve placement. This is also a venture with assisting the downtown merchants involving the “Let’s Go Downtown” efforts they have been heavily promoting this past year. Vendors are encouraged to offer candy, hot chocolate or host your own reindeer game with the children waiting in line to see Santa. The committee hopes to encourage churches and civic organizations to participate in the Reindeer Games. Last year drew over 70 children to our downtown parks for activities and free pictures with Santa and expects to double that this year as more and more people learn for that this wonderful event even exists. Santa also plans on story time to all children present at the time of his arrival to Sergeant park. Participants this year will be entertained with dancers, singers and a host of various other performances downtown. (Sergeant and Freeman)
For more information on this years parade please call Kelli Jo Wright @423.912.8873