Be sure to be at Sergeant Park after parade for some free hot chocolate, wonderful performances and free pictures with Santa.
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. 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.
2013 HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT PARADE
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. 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.
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.
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 returning to Sergeant Park for free pictures with children. The photos can be picked up at city hall the Thursday following the parade.
All registrations need to be turned in by Wednesday, December 4th.
Mandatory 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 Grand Marshal Reception will be held in the cafeteria area from 4:00-5:00 pm and is open to the public. The 2013 Grand Marshal at this time has not been announced.
This year the 2013 Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec 7th at 6 pm. The lineup will begin at La Follette Elementary School.
There are many additions to the activities surrounding the parade this year in an attempt to raise funding. Giving by sponsors is at an all time low and it’s been reflected as committee members have had to put personal money into the parade to keep it going. The committee plans to focus on the fundraising aspects of the parade and get it to a point where it is self-sufficient this year. This means some exciting additions to our community traditions.
One returning hit is the Reindeer Games held in Sergeant Park immediately following the parade. The games are free to participate but if you wish for a booth to set up and sale your goods or outreach to the community it’s a $20 booth fee with first come first serve placement. 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 Sergeant Park for activities and free pictures with Santa and expects to double that this year. Santa also plans on story time to all children present at the time of his arrival to park. Participants this year will be entertained with dancers, singers and a host of various other performances.
The next big thing is the implementation of Miss Campbell County. We will host the pageant Friday, December 6th at LaFollette Middle School Auditorium. There are 6 age groups and all crowned are encouraged to make a grand presence in the parade the following day. The parade committee has a prestigious lineup of judges for the event and all girls ages 2-18 are encouraged to participate. All information regarding the pageant can be found on the parade website. There are some stipulations but it’s sure to be an exciting tradition to continue from this point forward. There is a $25 entry fee for Miss Campbell County.
“In Christmas Memory Of” bags will be sold for $5 each. The cut off date for purchasing your bag for this honor will be Thursday the 5th. The bags will be set up, lit and lining the walkways during the Reindeer Games festivities for all to see. The bags can be left at the park after festivities or family members are welcome to take the bag home with them the night of Reindeer Games.
For more information on this years parade please call Kelli Jo Wright @423.912.8873