Here comes the Parade<br>Santa will be part of annual procession

Main Street will be a merry place in Cottonwood the first Saturday in December.

Nearly thirty entries will mark the 46th annual Christmas Parade, including floats, bands, cars and horses. And the fun continues long after the marching is finished.

This year’s grand marshals are Rena Mongini, Evelyn Gyger, Dr. Walter Edwards, Kenneth Wingfield and Lucille Franqueero. Each was chosen from a list of names given to the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce from the Cottonwood Historical Society.

Susan Beach, tourism committee chair for the Chamber, said there has been some confusion about the date of the parade and wants people to be sure to mark their calendars for Dec. 2.

Lineup is at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds at 12th and Cherry Streets. The parade heads out at 11 a.m.

It will proceed down Cherry to Main Street, turn left and travel down to the Cottonwood Water Works in Old Town.

Entry divisions include marching band, walking unit, performing walkers, riding vehicle, riding unit vehicle, riding horse, riding unit horse, civic entry, commercial float, classic car, color guard and school entry.

Santa Claus, of course, will bring up the rear of the parade.

Judging all of the entries will take some time, so everyone is invited back to the Fairgrounds for an afternoon’s delight. With no craft fair this year, all activities will be in the Gyberg Commercial Building.

Enjoy the cake walk, listen to music of the season from the Cottonwood Community Band and carolers, and keep an eye on Magical Michael and Snickle the Clown. Caricature artist Betty Morgan will also set up for your posing possibilities.

And stick around. Santa will be the last one back to the Fairgrounds, and the wait will be worth it.

He will have a gift bag for the first 200 children and treat for every child.

Parade winners will not be announced until at least 2:30 p.m. as it takes the elves some time to count up the points.

For more information, call Donna at the Chamber at 634-7593.

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