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Christmas parade entries being accepted

News | 11.01.2019
Students carrying banner at the start of the 2018 Christmas parade
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College students Maddie Stuck and Jonathan Utz carry the banner at the opening of the 2018 Light Your Way Christmas Parade in downtown Terre Haute. Stuck and Utz are once again serving as student organizers of the event this year.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC), in partnership with Miracle on 7th Street, invites groups, organizations and businesses to participate in the fourth annual “Light Your Way” Christmas parade. Entries are now being accepted for the parade, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Dec. 7 in downtown Terre Haute.

Creative and unique entries aligned with the parade’s Christmas theme are being accepted from the community. Entries must be family-friendly, contain lights and portray a Christmas story or theme. Up to 80 entries will be accepted and three awards will be given at the event: best overall, most creative and most lights.

“The Christmas parade is a great Terre Haute event kicking-off the season,” said John Mace, director of conferences and events at SMWC. “SMWC is a proud sponsor of this event and we invite everyone to join us in celebrating our community this season.”

The 2019 parade route begins at 5th Street and Wabash Avenue, go east on Wabash and continue until 9 1/2 Street. The area from 5th to 6th streets on Wabash Avenue is designated as a Sensory Friendly Area for those with sounds and food sensitivities. Therefore, food items will not be distributed in this one block area and no sounds will be used. However, parade participants can hand out non-edible items.

The community responded well to the first parade in 2016, with more than 8,000 people in attendance and 60 participants. It has since grown to accommodate up to 80 participants featuring marching bands, decorated floats, dancers, honored guests and, of course, Santa Claus.

The deadline to submit parade entries is November 25, 2019. This will allow time for approval of themes, which will ensure few theme duplicates. For the entry form and parade rules, visit www.smwc.edu/light-way-christmas-parade

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