Organizers of the Dec. 3 Christmas Parade through Thomson that is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ask those interested in participating to follow a few simple rules.
Applications to be included in the parade should be turned in at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Depot by Nov. 28 along with the $10 entry fee and the signed liability disclaimer. Entries must be approved by the parade committee before the event.
Those participating must have Christmas-themed decorations, and all music must be Christmas music. No individual ATVs, dirt bikes or motorcycles will be allowed, only pre-approved, chartered motorcycle clubs. All approved participants are responsible for their own safety.
Also, cars and trucks will only be allowed to participate in the parade if they are classics, conversions, show vehicles or pulling a float. The Chamber of Commerce and local law enforcement officers have the right to remove any disruptive or inappropriate participants from the parade at any time.
This year's route is about 1.25 miles. The committee asks that small children ride in vehicles or on floats since they are unable to keep up with the pace of the parade. This will cut down on gaps and keep the parade moving in a timely manner.
Also, there will be no imitation Santas allowed in the parade. The real thing will be in the City of Thomson's designated vehicle.
A new lineup and launch location is in place this year. Entrants are asked to turn off Lumpkin Street onto Bethany Drive to enter the lineup at Thomson Middle School. North Lee and Main Streets will be closed for parade participants. The disbanding location will be at Thomson Elementary School on Fluker Street.
Those hoping to have their entry judged should be in place by 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for small business, educational, industry and religions entries.
For more information, or for an entry form, contact the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce at 597-1000.