If anyone is thinking of entering the 2012 Christmas Parade, the Kennett Chamber of Commerce is still accepting entries. Deadline for entries are 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. There is no entry fee.
The parade will be held at 5:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Lineup will be between 4:30 p.m., and 5:30 p.m., at the Southeast Missouri State University Kennett Campus which is located at 1230 First Street.
The theme of the parade is a lighted parade and if anyone has any questions about restrictions are asked to contact the chamber at (573) 888-5828.
Prize money will be awarded to the top floats as follows: First Place, $250, Second Place, $150, and Third Place, $100.
Community organizations, church groups, campuses, businesses, school groups and bands are all urged to register for the event as well as golf carts, floats, and trucks, etc.
At this time, according to Meg Benson, executive director with the Chamber of Commerce, the chamber has received 40 entries.
In spite of the cold weather at last year's parade, spectators from Southeast Missouri as well as Northeast Arkansas lined the streets. And if they weren't watching it live and in person, they were tuning in to the live broadcast on YHC TV, Channel 21. This will continue, according to Benson, with parade again being broadcast live on YHC TV, Channel 21.
The Christmas Parade had been a regular festivity for Kennett residents in the past but for some reason, it disappeared for awhile. According to Benson, Sara Graves, executive director with the Kennett Revitalization Program, worked hard in making last year's parade a reality after a 60 year absence. Benson also notes that the finale of this year's parade is really going to be exciting as the jolly old man himself, Santa, will be making his entrance into Kennett on a vintage pepsi sleigh of the past.
Once again, the route that the parade takes will be from the SEMO/Kennett branch parking lot on First Street towards the downtown court square ending at the First Baptist Church parking lot.
In a previous article, Graves noted that the route that the parade takes is unique to other parades in Kennett because it travels backwards and ends downtown. She added that this gives Santa the opportunity to meet with the children which he will be doing on the square after the parade this year as well. It is also a time for attendees to get in some last minute Christmas shopping done at the shops downtown. This year's parade is indeed shaping up to be a grand celebration of fun and excitement.
The Kennett Christmas Parade is a project of the Downtown Kennett Revitalization Program, the City of Kennett, and the Kennett Chamber of Commerce.