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By Carmen Ensinger
The 15th Annual Carrollton Chamber of Commerce Home For The Holidays Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. around Carrollton Square. After last year’s event was cancelled at the 13th hour, organizers are excited to be back this year.
“We are very excited to be back again this year,” Chamber of Commerce President Bernie Faul said. “Each year we try to improve the event whether it is getting more participants or getting carolers on the Square or whatever. Last year, we had carriage rides set up so we are happy to announce that we are having them this year as well.”
The carriage rides are sponsored by the Carrollton Bank.
“It is a 9-passenger carriage sponsored by the Carrollton Bank and it is free,” Faul said. “They will take you around a specified route around Carrollton that we have set up. A lot of people have never had the opportunity to ride in a carriage – I know I haven’t – so I think it will be kind of neat.”
As a little something extra, CNB Bank is sponsoring a DJ who will be playing Christmas Music around the Square before the parade and be announcing the entries during the parade.
“We are very excited about having someone to announce the entries because we have never had that before,” Faul said. “So far we have 12 to 13 entries for the parade, but we are hoping to have more before the day of the parade. I know White Hall is having a parade on the 27th so we are hoping they will bring some of their entries down here as well.”
On Dec. 11, the Chamber will sponsor Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. There has been a change of venue this year.
“Breakfast this year will be served at Faith Baptist Church, located in the 1000 block of Third St. this year,” Faul said. “They have that nice, new Fellowship Hall and they offered it to us free of charge to have our breakfast.”
Santa will be there and kids can come and have their picture taken with Santa, free of charge, and can get a free treat bag as well. Breakfast is $5 for everyone with those under the age of 3 free.
“This is not really a money maker for us – it’s just one of the events that we like doing for the community,” Faul said. “Obviously, at $5 a person, the Chamber doesn’t make any money – we don’t go in the hole, but we don’t make any money, but that is fine – we do it for the kids in the community.”
During the parade, folks can sign up to win Chamber Bucks, which can be spent at any participating business in Carrollton. Winners will be drawn at the Santa Breakfast. There will be five winners. One winner for $100 in Chamber Bucks and four winners of $50 each.