Woodward, Okla. —
A longstanding Woodward holiday tradition will continue this Saturday with the annual Main Street Christmas Parade
However, there is one big change for this year's parade.
Unlike recent years when the parade was held at night so that floats could be lighted, this year's parade will be held at 11 a.m.
By holding the parade during the day, Woodward Main Street Director Janet Fitz said attendees should be able to enjoy nicer weather while watching the festive floats. Especially considering the warm trend that forecasters are predicting for this Saturday, she said.
"It's supposed to be a beautiful day. They're predicting about 72 degrees, so it should be a great day for a parade," she said.
The parade will travel down Main Street starting at 16th St. and ending at 5th St.
Fitz said she is expecting a good turnout for this year's holiday parade.
"I have about 30 entries so far," Fitz said. "But there's still time for others to enter. I'll accept them up until that day, all they have to do is e-mail or call, give me their information, and bring a toy for the Toy Giveaway which is the entry fee this year."
The parade has a long history in contributing to the Woodward County Toy Giveaway, and often features a float from the ABATE Northwest Chapter 69 motorcycle group, which also contributes heavily to the toy drive, Fitz said. The ABATE float usually features all the toys, including several bicycles of every shape and size, that the group will donate to the toy drive.
Fitz said this year's parade has a theme that reflects on what all the community has been through this year.
"This year's theme is 'home for the holidays.' The reason we picked that theme is we felt it was comforting, and with the disaster last spring, we wanted everyone to feel they could come home for the holidays. Woodward has really come together as a community, we united like a home and I think thats why the committee chose this theme," she said.
Those interested in entering the parade may contact Janet Fitz by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 254-8521.