Excitement builds for Cottonwood Christmas Parade

Verde Valley Medical Center constructed and donated the float to celebrate this year’s grand marshals.VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Verde Valley Medical Center constructed and donated the float to celebrate this year’s grand marshals.VVN/Jon Hutchinson

COTTONWOOD -- A float depicting the U.S.S Arizona will help to honor the Grand Marshals of the 59th Annual Cottonwood Christmas parade this weekend. The parade-leading tribute goes to a very large group of honorees: America's Veterans: Past, Present and Future.

The Verde Valley Medical Center constructed and donated the float to celebrate the grand marshals.

Parade Chair Coleen Gilboy is thrilled, "They did a fabulous job of decorating and set a high bar."

"A Patriotic Christmas," is the theme of the 2013 Christmas Parade.

A $100 prize will be awarded in each of the categories: Judge's Choice, Best Display of Theme, Most Creative Commercial, Club and Organization, and Non-profit or School.

Commercial and business entrees are $40. There is a $20 entry fee for entries for non-profit, schools, clubs and organizations.

The parade will be filmed for rebroadcast on Verde Valley TV, the government broadcast channel. Organizers say the parade will go on regardless of weather conditions.

At the most recent count, over 90 entries had signed up to march in the annual parade, one of the highest number of early entries, according to Christian Olivia del Rio at the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. Entries always tend to add on up till the day of the parade, Saturday, Dec. 7.

Check in time is at 9 a.m. at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds. The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. The Judge's Stand will be located at the corner of Main and Mingus and the parade ends at Main and Cactus in Old Town.

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