5:00 p.m. | Saturday, December 3, 2016
Taylorville’s annual Christmas twilight lighted parade sponsored by DowntownTaylorville.org will step off at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, December 3rd, with the theme this year “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” a salute to Christian County veterans.
That old familiar Christmas standard, written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas, was made famous in 1943 when it was recorded by Bing Crosby. The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during World War II, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him, and he requests snow, mistletoe, and presents on the tree. The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying, "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams."
World War II veterans from Taylorville and Christian County are invited to serve as parade marshals for this year’s event and may do so by contacting DowntownTaylorville.org Executive Director Marcia Neal at 824-3555.
WWII veterans will lead the parade in vans provided by the Christian County Senior Citizens.
Dave Hixenbaugh has graciously agreed to serve as emcee for the parade and will use the public address system recently acquired for downtown events by DowntownTaylorville.org to announce the veterans as they are driven onto the square.
Veterans from all other wars and conflicts are also invited to join in this Christmastime celebration designed to honor those who have served. Both walking and riding entries are welcome. All area veterans are encouraged to either be a part of the parade or to bring their families and come watch.
The parade route this year will follow the same route that last year’s parade took, starting on West Main Cross at Taylorville Community Credit Union and heading east on Main Cross up and around the square.
Special this year will be the lighting of the Christmas tree on the east lawn of the courthouse. The tree will be adorned with American flags and lighted with red, white and blue lights. The lighting of the annual Christmas tree will occur as the Christmas parade makes its way onto the square.
Two local musical groups, Harmony and Five Seasons, will be singing Christmas carols on the east side of the square near the Christian County Farmers Memorial from 3:30 until 5:00. And, US Bank will be serving complimentary hot chocolate from 4:30 on, during the parade, at their location on the south side of the square.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck as the grand finale to the parade. The DowntownTaylorville.org Santa House will be open immediately following the parade where Santa will visit with all the children excited to see him.
Director Neal said both Taylorville High School and Taylorville Junior High School bands will make appearances in this year’s parade along with the Walters’ barrel train, Heartland Mini Hoofs, Christian County Historical Society, Girl Scouts and more.
Individuals, organizations, businesses and service clubs who wish to enter or contribute to the parade may do so by calling 824-3555 or by completing the entry form in this Sunday’s Breeze-Courier.
Neal emphasized that both driving and walking entries are welcome; lighted displays are encouraged; and no floats or entries should include Santa as he is the grand finale to the parade.
DowntownTaylorville.org will again offer prizes for entries in the parade and prizes for both residential and commercial Christmas lighting.