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Posted on: October 25, 2017

Christmas Parade Preparations Begin!

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PARADE REGISTRATIONS & CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS BEGIN

The Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade, an annual Madison tradition returns to Main Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 and entry registrations forms are available NOW on the City’s website or in-person at City Hall.

Back by popular demand this year, large helium balloons in the shapes of Scooby Doo, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and tree ornaments will make their way down Main Street for the crowd’s delight. Book characters and mascots such as Mr. Peanut and the Planter’s Nutmobile are planning a return for 2017, with Bill Farmer, the voice of the cartoon “Goofy”, making an appearance in the parade. “A Goofy Dinner” with Bill Farmer will take place the night before the parade, December 1st at 6PM at MCHS. A limited number of tickets are available by contacting mcsfineartsacademy@gmail.com. Tickets are $40 and include a full meal.

Parade organizers are seeking local marching bands, performers, and floats, with trophies being given for best entries. The parade route begins at Jefferson & Main Street and continues through Madison’s historic shopping district to Mill Street. Registrations for the parade close on November 21st. There is no registration fee to be a part of the parade, but the parade committee’s reserves the right to accept or decline any potential entry. A full list of parade rules are available with the registration form. For the third year in a row, a Grand Marshal will be chosen for the parade from public nominations. Nominations are due by November 18th. Parade registration forms and Grand Marshal nomination forms are available on the City website at the link below.

Organizers are continuing to seek sponsors for this parade and the new helium balloons at amounts ranging from $100 to $1,000. Businesses who wish to support the parade and Christmas festivities in Madison can contact Andrew Forrester about sponsorship opportunities. Ohio Theatre Ornaments were sold this year to support the Christmas parade and less than 20 remain at the Visitor’s Center and Ohio Theatre. Other locations are sold out. A limited amount of Fair Play Fire Co ornaments from 2016 are available at City Hall and the Visitor’s Center.

Light-Up Madison is tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 24th at 6:00pm. A full schedule of Santa’s visits will be released at a later date.
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