Cordova Christmas parade set for Dec. 11

By JENNIFER COHRON, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 11/15/17

CORDOVA — City leaders agreed Tuesday night to help increase participation in Cordova’s annual Christmas parade.

Fire Chief Dean Harbison asked …

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Cordova Christmas parade set for Dec. 11

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CORDOVA — City leaders agreed Tuesday night to help increase participation in Cordova’s annual Christmas parade.

Fire Chief Dean Harbison asked council members to consider assuming responsibility for the parade, which has been organized in recent years by members of the fire department.

Harbison said that he and the group of volunteer firefighters struggle to find the time to dedicate to planning the parade.

“This is our fifth year and it seems like it keeps getting smaller. I would love to see the city pick it up and maybe do it better,” Harbison said.

City clerk Leanne Dawkins agreed to work with new magistrate Amanda Stewart on this year’s parade.

Council member Melody Dawkins, a member of the fire department, stressed the importance of deciding on a date because most other municipalities have already scheduled their parades.

On Wednesday, the date of the parade was announced on Facebook as Monday, Dec. 11.

The parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Cordova High School parking lot.

To register, call City Hall at 483-9266.

In addition to the parade, members of the fire department have also organized an annual Trunk or Treat in the city for several years.

Harbison said Tuesday night that this year’s event on Oct. 28 raised $1,500 for the department — slightly less than in previous years.

Turnout appeared to be down this year, possibly because of cold weather that evening or because of the change in location, Harbison told council members.

Trunk or Treat was held at the Old Park instead of downtown this year because the area had more lighting and volunteers could set up at the concession stand.

“We’re weighing whether we need to put it back downtown. We really liked how we had it set up (this year). It was a lot safer,” Harbison said.

Harbison added that he would like to see the Trunk or Treat evolve into an event that involves more people within the city.

“No other city group sets up a trunk. We would like to see that, whether it be council members, the city itself or the Water and Gas Board. We’re also going to try to entice more businesses,” Harbison said.