Parade postponed until Thursday
by James Phillips
Dec 04, 2012 | 1787 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Officials with the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County have postponed the group’s annual Christmas parade, which was scheduled for tonight.

Linda Lewis, president of the chamber, said the threat of rain was the determining factor in the postponing of the parade.

“There is a 70 percent chance of rain, and that is just too much of a chance for us to go ahead with the parade as planned,” she said.

Lewis said the parade will now be Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m.

“Thursday’s forecast looks clear,” she said.

The postponement was primarily for safety reasons, Lewis said.

“You’ve got children on floats, children on the streets — we don’t want anyone slipping down and getting hurt,” she said.

Lewis said the rain would also cause issue with some floats and antique cars that are participating in the parade.

“It was just best to postpone it,” Lewis said. “We’ve had to postpone in the past. Everything remains the same, except for the date.”

More than 100 entrants are expected for the parade, and Lewis said applications for floats will be accepted through Thursday morning.

The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on 19th Street. For those entering a float, line-up begins at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Walker High School.

Awards will be given for first, second and third place for the following categories: business, government, nonprofit and antique cars.

Chamber officials ask that no floats include a live Santa Claus because he will be the grand marshal of the parade. They also ask that float riders not throw candy to spectators, but rather get off the floats to hand them out. Also, children on floats should be attended to by an adult.

Lewis added that Santa Claus will be on hand to give children coloring books and candy canes from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the chamber office at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in Jasper.

Lewis said local businesses in Jasper’s downtown district will have extended store hours so those watching the parade can do some shopping.

A pre-parade event is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Thursday in front of Jasper City Hall. The Athletic Arts Center in Jasper will present several holiday-themed dance numbers at that time.