Parade, park fest slated for Dec. 2

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2006

Mid-November is here, and that means Greenville's annual Christmas parade is just around the corner.

The festive tradition is slated for 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Greenville. As usual, the route will go from the underpass to the courthouse.

This year's theme is &#8220Santa's Workshop,” and those entering are encouraged to plan their costumes and decorations around this theme, Annie Glenn Branum of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce said.

&#8220We also encourage everyone who has a float or vehicle in the parade to play Christmas music,” she added.

Entry fees are as follows: $10 for walkers, $15 for vehicles and $20 for floats.

Prizes will be given out to the best-decorated entries.

&#8220Just stop in to the Chamber of Commerce offices to pick up entry forms and any other details,” Branum said. Call 382-3251 for more information.

And there's much more on tap downtown on December 2.

Greenville Main Street is sponsoring a Christmas Mini-Fest in Confederate Park that morning, kicking off at 8:30 a.m. and running until approximately 11:30 a.m., Nancy Idland, Main Street director, said.

&#8220We plan to feature several artists and vendors. We encourage anyone who has Christmas wreaths, ornaments and other hand-crafted items or holiday wares for sale to plan to join us.”

Delicious foods will also be available that morning, courtesy of the Greater Greenville Service League.

&#8220The ladies will be offering snacks like hot chocolate and popcorn, along with hot dogs if you get the munchies before or after the parade. Also, a big bake sale is planned, with whole cakes and pies that will make a tasty addition to your holiday menu,” Idland said.

Photos with Santa will also be offered by the GG Service League, at just $5 for two photos.

&#8220The ladies are expanding their projects beyond the Miss Greater Greenville Program. The monies they raise with events like this will go to worthy causes like scholarships for local seniors,” Idland said.

Main Street is known for its hands-on kids' art activities, and this year's Mini-Fest is no different.

&#8220Once again, kids will be able to come to our art tent and make their own keepsake Christmas ornament. The kids love it and the parents love them having activities to do and something special to take home,” Idland said.

Idland encourages anyone interested in participating in the Confederate Park event to contact her at (334) 354-2802.

&#8220Everybody, come on out, enjoy the park events and the parade and get into the holiday spirit!” Idland said.