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News ‘Candy Canes and Christmas Carols’ theme of Franklin Christmas parade

The Franklin Chamber of Commerce announces that entry forms are available for the 2011 Christmas Parade. The parade is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 28, beginning at 3 p.m. Falling on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, this year’s parade kicks off the Christmas season in Franklin.

“Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” has been chosen as the theme of the parade. “This year’s theme provides for a broad range of ideas to be incorporated in float design and other entries. We encourage those participating to decorate their float using Candy Canes and/or a favorite Christmas Carol.” said Cindy Cavender, Special Events Coordinator. Prize money will be awarded. Judging of the floats, we take place prior to the parade. Prizes for Best Use of Theme, Most Creative & Grand Champion will be given.

“Folks need to keep in mind when designing their entries that the “Santa” rule applies again this year,” Cavender continued. “No Santas are allowed on any float other than the traditional Santa, which signifies the end of the parade. The little ones get especially confused because we all know there is only one Santa Claus.” Note that no ATVs (4 wheelers, motorcycles, etc) are allowed in this year’s parade.

This year’s Grand Marshal will be Mrs. Helen Carpenter, widow of Senator Bob Carpenter. “Senator Bob” passed away earlier this year and as we looked back over all that he did for Macon County we wanted to honor him in a special way. Senator Bob was born and raised in Macon County and graduated from Franklin High School. He went on to serve in WWII. After the war, he served as a Bank Executive in Franklin until his retirement. At that time he entered his political career becoming Senator in the North Carolina General Assembly serving eight terms.

The parade will line up this year in a new location in the back lot of City Plumbing & Electric Supply and Crane Circle. The parade will turn right on to Highlands Road and then left on to Main Street, taking the parade up town hill, then left on Porter Street and disbanding at Franklin High School, following the same route as last year. Staging information is available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses wishing to purchase the use of a commercial float may do so again this year at a cost of $500. “These floats are perfect for any business that doesn’t have the time to put together an entry and wants to use a professionally designed float in the parade,” said Cavender. Interested businesses can contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.

Entry forms can be picked up at the chamber office located at 425 Porter Street. Entry forms can also be downloaded online from Entry fees are $25 for all entries.

For additional information, contact the Franklin Chamber of Commerce by calling (828)524-3161.

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