Monday’s the deadline

The 2011 Blount County Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

The 2011 Blount County Christmas Parade will be Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.

This Monday is the last day to apply to the county-city Chamber of Commerce to have entries in the Blount County Christmas Parade. An application blank can be found on page A3 of this week’s issue of the paper.

The parade, as always, will take place the first Thursday in December, which this year is the first. The annual parade is the official opening of the season here, and the chamber, parade sponsor, works hard to make each one better than the last. To that end, it invites bands, choral groups, churches, Scouts and other youth groups, businesses, civic organizations, beauty-pageant winners, and whoever else has the Christmas spirit to begin planning floats and cars to enter. The chamber hopes every part of the county will be represented in the festive affair.

Nonprofit groups are encouraged to enter floats and compete for the cash prizes awarded to the top three entries. Floats entered by businesses will also be judged and awards will be made. Parade rules

Judges will disqualify any float with a Santa. Only the chamber’s Santa needs to come to the parade.

People walking beside floats may hand candy to children, but no candy is to be thrown from any float.

No all-terrain vehicles and no horses are allowed.

Entries, including floats, may start lining up at 4 p.m. on McCay Ave. at the old Gargus Pontiac building. Floats will be directed to designated areas for judging, which begins at 5 p.m. All parts of the floats should be operational and all people having parts on the floats in place for judging; after judging, they may leave until time for the parade. Winners will be notified before the parade begins.

The parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the Olive Home, going south. Marchers will enter the parade from Daniel Shopping Center (SAV-a-LOT). The parade will continue down Ala 75 until turning left to 1st St. at the Picket Fence.

Bands will disband onto 1st Ave., where buses will be lined up.

Walking groups will turn right off 75 at the Picket Fence and go a block to Lester Memorial United Methodist Church’s parking lot, where parents can pick up children.

Floats and all other vehicles will turn left onto 1st Ave., proceed through downtown, turn right onto 4th St. at Beautique Salon, turn left to Oneonta Utilities Board, cross High School St., onto Jim Fretwell Dr., and enter the Agribusiness Center’s back gates to disperse.