Madison Christmas Parade believes in “The Magic of Christmas” – The Madison Record

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MADISON – Following cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19, Madison’s Christmas Parade will return to full capacity through the city streets this year on December 11 at 5 p.m.

The theme of the 2021 parade is “The Magic of Christmas”.

The organizers asked parade participants to decorate their float, truck or other vehicle to follow the theme. Judges will assess the unit during programming on Plaza Boulevard and while the parade is mobile, said Christina Jimmerson Cox. Cox works as an Administrative Supervisor / Madison Assisted Ride System or MARS Coordinator for the City of Madison Parks and Recreation Department, which coordinates the parade.

The winning parade units will receive their rewards at an upcoming Madison City Council meeting.

The parade units range from children’s groups to churches and retail:

* Service Organizations – Madison American Legion, ext. 229; Friends of Madison Library; HEMSI; Distinguished Young Women of Madison; Distinguished Young Women of North Central Alabama; Alabama Law Enforcement Agency or ALEA; Family Lions Club of the Madison area.

* Leisure enthusiasts – Rocket City MINIs automobile club; Cotton candy Marching Krewe; Zoological Society of Northern Alabama; Rocket City Twirlers; Rocket City Mustang Club; Miss Rocket City volunteer Emily K. Jimmerson.

* Local businesses – Opie Balch Realty; Amy’s plush balloons; First Bank of the South; The cattle farm.

* Churches – Madison Bible Baptist Church; Church of the Movement; Knights of Columbus from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

* Groups – James Clemens High School Marching Band; Bob Jones High School Marching Band.

* School groups – Liberty Middle School Color Guard; Columbia Elementary School Drama Club; Bob Jones Air Force JROTC; Discovery Middle School Color Guard

* Scouts and other youth organizations – Cub Scout Pack 351; Pack of Cubs 8; Girl Scouts North Central Alabama, Service Unit 212; Aboriginal Sons and Daughters Program; Cherokee Tribe (part of Native Sons and Daughters); Cubs Pack 83

* Candidates for political office – Andrew Sorrell for State Auditor; Friends of Sheila Banister campaign.

* Media – WZYP 104.3; ICNE NASH 93.3; WHRP 94.1 Public Radio.

Parade rules prohibit Santas “live” on a float or with a unit. The “real” Santa Claus takes the time, despite his busy schedule, to get on his sleigh as the anchor point for the parade.

The units will depart from their alignment locations on Plaza Boulevard at 5:00 PM and proceed south on Hughes Road to their destination at the Infinity Complex Entertainment Center, 100 Skate Park Drive.

The rainy date for the parade is December 12 at 2 p.m.

Also on December 11, merchants in downtown Madison will be holding open houses in their stores from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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