Chamber Christmas parade in Jasper set for Dec. 3

By ED HOWELL
Posted 11/8/19

Walker County's countywide Christmas parade, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, is set to take place in downtown Jasper on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., with the deadline for entries set for 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. 

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Chamber Christmas parade in Jasper set for Dec. 3

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Walker County's countywide Christmas parade, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, is set to take place in downtown Jasper on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 6:30 p.m., with the deadline for entries set for 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29. 

A rain date has been set for Thursday, Dec. 5. 

The parade requires no fee to enter and is one of the largest holiday parades in the area.

Linda Lewis, the president of the chamber, said line up for the parade will start when the schools on Viking Drive lets out that afternoon, although the official time is set for 4 p.m. Normally Viking Drive is closed off at the top of the hill about a half hour before the parade starts. 

All floats will be parked on the rear circular drive behind T.R. Simmons Elementary School, and float workers will park in front of the school. All other entries, including cars and ATVs, will be across the street at the Old Walker High School parking lot. 

According to the chamber's handout to entries, "The parade will travel down 19th Street, pausing briefly at the Jasper Civic Center facility (location of the Chamber of Commerce) and at the Jasper Square (in front of the Walker County Courthouse). You will need to turn right onto Sixth Avenue, right onto 18th Street traveling back to the old Walker High School parking lot." 

Santa will be the grand marshal, so other floats are asked hot to have duplicate Santas riding along, Lewis said. 

Before the parade, Santa will also greet children at the Civic Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Children and parents can meet him for free, getting candy canes, having children sit on his lap and, using the parents’ cameras, having their photo taken with him. Santa will have to leave at 6 p.m. to get his place in the parade. 

Lewis stressed safety for the parade. 

"Safety is our number one concern when we have big events, such as the Christmas parade," she said. "Stay watchful to what is going on around you. Don't get in the street. We ask everybody, if they want to hand out candy, please don't throw it. Have people walk beside the parade and hand it out. Listen to the police department and the sheriff's department, because they are there to assist spectators." 

Anyone who wants to have an entry in the parade needs to come to the chamber to fill out an application. While there, people can also be assigned their number in the parade, Lewis said. 

She noted that no horses are allowed and small children on floats must be attended to by an adult. 

Assigned numbers are requested to be put on the passenger sides of windows and doors for judging purposes. Awards will be given for first-, second- and third-places, as well as honorable mention. Categories include Business, Children, Non-profit, Government and Antique Cars. Floats will be judged on creativity, originality and theme. 

Lewis asked for marching bands, as well as other musicians, to march in the parade. "The crowds love the music and we wish more would participate and get engaged. We would love to have them," she said. 

She also encouraged anyone with any questions to call the chamber at 205-384-4571 or come by the chamber office at the Jasper Civic Center. Lewis’ email address is linda@walkerchamber.us.