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Lighted Holiday Parade celebrates Santa’s arrival in downtown Morris

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 10:33 p.m. CDT
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Santa's arrival during the annual Holiday Lighted Parade is a highlight for many attendees.

The arrival of Santa in the Home for the Holidays Lighted Parade is the highlight of the Home for the Holidays weekend for many children. Once again, Santa will arrive Friday evening, bringing smiles to the faces of children of all ages.

This year’s parade will once again step off at the Grundy County Courthouse. Local radio announcer Kevin Schramm will be the master of ceremonies and will announce the parade as it continues north on Liberty Street to Chapin Park. Once Santa has arrived, the park will light up in all its glory while carolers from the Coal City Madrigals entertain the crowds at the park.

Entries in the parade are illuminated and display the holiday spirit. Besides Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers from Toni Brandalino School of Music, miniature horses, scouts, antique cars and a host of characters, such as Mickey and Minnie, will delight the crowd. Kids will love interacting with familiar characters as they wave to the crowd, or step out of line for a moment to give a handshake or hug.

The parade committee, led by Ken Buck, would like to thank this year’s parade sponsors: Century 21 Coleman-Hornsby, D Construction, Edward Jones – Kristi Bennington, Jim Feeney and Mike Wright, LyondellBasell Industries, Midwest Auto Service and Tri-State Asphalt.

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