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It may be 90 degrees outside, but for members of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas.
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Williamsburg Community Christmas Parade, which is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Dec. 5. Participants are asked to theme their floats based on some element drawn from the previous 50 years of the parade.
“It’s a great way to look back and reminisce about some the themes from past parades,” said Patrick Quinn, communications specialist for the Alliance.
Participants are encouraged to use the color gold prominently in their floats in recognition of the “golden anniversary.” Parade organizers are also calling for past grand marshalls of the parade to contact them about being a part of the festivities.
The Christmas parade always requires a good deal of planning well in advance of the event, and this year is no different. The first official planning meeting took place Wednesday, and there will be three additional meetings held on July 17, Aug. 10 and Sept. 10 to finalize the parade lineup.
The goal of the meetings is to “create a dialogue between the parade organizers and the participants,” according to a recent news release. They encourage enthusiasm and commitment from the participants and have an overall positive impact on the community, the release went on to say.
Fortunately for any interested parties who may have missed the first meeting, the committee is only requiring that each participating organization attend one of the four meetings in order to be eligible to march in the parade.
Information about the rules and guidelines for this year’s parade will be shared at each meeting. The official application to participate will also be available. Interested parties should call the Tourism Alliance at 757-229-6511 to inquire about participation or sponsorship.
As in past years, the parade will start at Merchants Square then continue to proceed down Richmond Road and end at the William & Mary Hall parking lot. The deadline for applications will be Oct. 5.