The 36th annual Greenfield Eagles Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2 and like it has been in recent years, it will once again be an evening event.
This year’s theme is Farmtown Christmas, according to Deidra Garrison, who is in charge of organizing the parade for the second consecutive year.
“We’ve had really good weather the past couple years so we’re hoping that happens again this year,” Garrison said.
The parade starts at 6 p.m., but the lineup for the parade begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Greenfield Research parking lot. Judging will begin at 5:30 p.m. and anyone not in line at that time will not be judged.
The three floats picked as the best by the parade committee will receive plaques.
Garrison said the parade is open to anyone and there is no charge to enter.
The parade will depart the Research parking lot, come down Seventh Street to Jefferson Street, then turn left and follow Jefferson Street to Washington Street, where it will turn left and end at the firehouse.
The McClain High School band will join the procession at Lafayette Street.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the last float in the parade and they will stop at the firehouse where kids will be able to visit with them and be treated to hot chocolate, cookies and candy.
There will be parade announcers set up near the intersection of Jefferson and Washington streets.
“We do this every year for the community,” Garrison said. “It gives everybody a chance to get out and the kids get to see Santa Claus. That’s the real reason we do it – it’s just for the kids.”
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