MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 28, 2012

Starlight Christmas Parade is Monday


— This week we are all about the Starlight Christmas Parade, scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday. The parade will start lining up around 6 p.m. at the Church of Christ parking lot on South Lee Street.

There is no charge to enter, and we have two classifications of floats, “Business” and “Non-Profit,” in which we will give out plaques to the winner as judged by our panel of judges in both categories.

This year's theme is, “A Frosty Christmas in the Fort.” Also, we are pleased to announce that Lori Fullbright, newscaster from channel 6, will be our grand marshal.

Of course you don't have to have a float to enter, we accept equestrian riders, autos, motorcycles, marchers or walkers, four-wheelers or any other type of entry, and you can enter by just showing up at the lineup place or emailing me for an entry form at fortgibson@sbcglobal.net.

We encourage all entries with riders, to car pool. Automobiles will be asked to merely drop off their occupants, and then exit the area. It gets very congested at lineup time. Also, all horse entries are asked to be unloaded off the pavement and remain on the grass until the start of the parade.

The parade ends at the Fajita Rita’s parking lot on East Poplar Street. The entire parade route is approximately 1.5 miles in length. Entries may distribute wrapped candy to the spectators, and we ask that no additional Santas be in the parade.

It is our tradition to have Santa as the final entry, usually riding high on one of Fort Gibson's fire trucks. Bleachers will be set up at the corner of Lee and Poplar streets, along with the announcers stand and judges station.

Again, our announcers are the great team of Dowe Boulter and Kathy Perkins. Additionally, the town Christmas Tree will be lit and sparkling for the event.

Any group that would like to sponsor carolers or provide hot chocolate or coffee in the Centennial Park area are welcome to do so.

We look forward to another great parade, and as far as I can determine, this is about the 20th year that the parade has been a tradition in our community.

Come join us for our Weekly Chamber Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. this Thursday at Fajita Rita's. Everyone is invited, and it is always a good time with good food from one of our town's fine eating establishments.

For the month of December, beginning Dec. 6, we will move to Charlie's Chicken for our weekly get-together.

Come join us. Also, the 2012 Fort Gibson Christmas Ornament is now available for sale — both the corrected one for $10 and the misspelled one for $5.

They will be at various businesses around town, and we will have some at the parade for purchase as well. Always a collector's item, they feature Centennial Park and the Town Christmas Tree. Get yours now.