Almost 100 organizations and individuals have already registered to be a part of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 14.
This year’s theme is “Christmas Around the World,” and it wil provide spectators with plenty of music, lights, and beautiful floats, a press release said.
The first official entry of the parade is always a crowd favorite: the award-winning Oak Ridge High School Marching Band. Other entries will include skaters, adoptable animals, antique and classic vehicles, dancers, and much more, the press release said.
All of these entries help lead the way for the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa will be helped along his way by the Oak Ridge Fire Department, the press release said.
Sponsors of this year’s parade are The Cowperwood Company and Oak Ridge Utility District. There is no cost to participate in the parade.
The parade will start at 6 p.m. Saturday, and it will begin at Corporate Center, on the corner of Lafayette and Laboratory Road. From there, the parade will travel down Lafayette to the Oak Ridge Turnpike. It will continue west on the Turnpike to Oak Ridge High School. The judge’s stand will be located in front of the Chamber.
Those participating in the parade will line up in the parking lot of Corporate Center, on the corner of Lafayette and Laboratory Road beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday. Detailed information will be e-mailed to all who have registered an entry.
The Chamber will need lots of Santa’s elves to serve as volunteer parade marshals to make the parade a safe, fun, and successful event, the press release said. To volunteer and be put on Santa’s “nice” list, contact Greta Ownby at [email protected] or (865) 483-1321.
This press release was submitted by Kathy Gillenwaters of the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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