ONEIDA — The 74th annual Scott County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 3, beginning at 2 p.m.
Held annually on the first Saturday of December, the Christmas parade is a longstanding tradition of the Chamber of Commerce. This year’s parade will follow the traditional parade route along Industrial Lane and Alberta Street through the heart of Oneida. The theme is “A Magical Christmas.”
The parade will organize in the parking lot at HBD Industries, located at 240 Industrial Lane. The parade will step off at 2 p.m. sharp, following Industrial Lane east to Alberta Street at Traffic Light #1, then following Alberta Street north to Walmart. At Traffic Light #5, the parade will turn right onto Claude Terry Drive before disbanding in the parking lot of Oneida Elementary School.
All floats should be in place by 12 p.m. on the day of the parade. Judging will begin at 12:30 p.m. Other entries should report no later than 1:15 p.m.
The deadline for entering the parade is Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 5 p.m. The entry fee is $20 per float, or $10 for horses and other vehicles. The late entry fee is $25. Any horses entering the parade must have a current Coggins test.
Santa Claus is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. Any entry having a live Santa will be disqualified from participating in the parade.
On the day of the parade, drop-offs should take place outside of Gate #1 at HBD Industries. No vehicles will be permitted to enter the parking lot unless they are a part of the parade entry. No vehicles can be left in the parking lot after the parade departs. Volunteers will be in place to walk children from the gate to the float they are participating with.
In case of inclement weather, the parade will be moved to Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.