Christmas Parade set for Saturday night
Everyone’s favorite Christmas stories will come to life Saturday night during the Andrews Christmas Parade.
Sponsored by the Andrews Chamber of Commerce, the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., starting at Industrial Opportunities Inc. and moving through downtown to West End Plaza.
Chamber President Gayle Horton said this year’s theme will encompass both classic and new Christmas stories.
“It can be a story about the birth of Jesus, Christmas vacations or Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Horton said. “We’ve even got somebody doing a ‘Hard Candy Christmas,’ and that’s a song.”
So far, 15 different groups have signed up to put floats in the parade, including Andrews Elementary School, Andrews Veterinary Clinic, Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino & Hotel, Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters and various local churches.
Friends of the Andrews Public Library already has worked diligently to finish their Elf-themed float. Following the movie, Friends of the Library public relations manager Pamela Perrone said the float will have a giant blowup elf strapped to the top of the truck, representing the protagonist, Buddy.
The Andrews Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board will decorate the back of the truck like Gimbels, the convenience store Buddy worked in toward the beginning of the movie.
“It’s fun, and all the kids can relate to it,” Perrone said. “At the end of Elf, Buddy does write a book. That falls into the theme of the library.”
Judging of the floats will begin before the parade at 5:30 p.m. in the IOI parking lot. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded. Mayor Nancy Curtis will also present a float with the Mayor’s Choice Award.
While parading in downtown Andrews, Horton said floats will receive their trophies at the red light on Locust Street.
“I hope the parade brings the spirit of Christmas,” Horton said. “We’ve just come out of Thanksgiving, and we want people to look forward to a pleasant Christmas season.”