By ROBBIE EDWARDS email@example.com
---- — MT. VERNON — Downtown will be lit with a “Star-Spangled Christmas” for the Christmas parade on Saturday.
According to parade organizer John Scrivner, the theme was chosen in honor of the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He expects the float entires will feature a lot of red, white and blue, as well as the traditional Christmas decorations.
“There are a number of entries this year,” Scrivner said. Scrivner said he is especially excited about the number of classic cars that will be featured in the line up.
The parade, sponsored by Wisper ISP, Inc., of Belleville, will begin at 5 p.m., with entries judged between 4:30 and 5 p.m.
This is the first year the parade will be sponsored by Wisper ISP. The parade has been sponsored by Mt. Vernon Net for the last 10 years. Wisper acquired Mt. Vernon Net in August, and will take on the parade sponsorship and expenses, Scrivner said.
Participation in the parade is free. Entries, for anyone who would like to participate in the parade, will be accepted up to the day of the parade. Floats must be ready by 4:30 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded for Best Use of Theme, Best Use of Lights and Most Original.
The parade route will go from Seventh Street at C.E. Brehm Memorial Library, down Main Street to 10th Street, turn south for one block to Broadway, then proceed back to the Seventh Street. Entries will line up on the streets near the high school prior to parade start.
In conjunction with the parade, the Granda Center for Performing Arts will show “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the announcement of the winner for best Christmas decorations in the downtown area. The announcement will be made by Cyndy Mitchell, executive director of Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation.
“Even if the weather may be chilly, everyone should come out,” Scrivner said. “There will be hot chocolate available to keep you warm.”
For additional information contact Scrivner at 237-2378.