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Christmas Parade returns Monday

MARTIN, Tenn. – “Deck the Halls” is the theme for the 2023 Kiwanis and City of Martin Christmas Parade, which will light up Martin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

Parade organizers encourage anyone entering the parade to consider the various aspects of decorating for Christmas that this season brings, from lights and garlands to Christmas trees,

Santa, reindeer and so on.

Parade planners anticipate that the lead police cars will be followed by about 60 entries,

including bands, floats, individual vehicles, trucks, firetrucks, pageant winners, horses and, of

course, Santa.

The parade will be organized at the parking lot near Hardy M. Graham Stadium.

Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot with judging to begin at 6 p.m. The parade will

begin at 7 p.m. and proceed east on University Street, turning left on Lindell Street and

continuing through downtown Martin.

Prizes will be awarded in each of the two major categories: non-commercial and commercial. First place in each category will receive $100, second place will receive $75 and third place will receive $50. A prize will also be given this year for the best-decorated vehicle.

Entries will be judged on demonstration of the parade theme, originality, workmanship, overall appearance, creativity and use of color, use of lights or animation, best demonstration of Christmas spirit, most beautiful, overall attractiveness and participation and enthusiasm of entry workers.

Entry forms are available on the Kiwanis website and Facebook page, at Martin Public Library, Martin City Hall or through EventBrite (2023martinkiwanisclubchristmasparade).

For more information, call 731-587-4607 or email, or Laura Taylor, Kiwanis president-elect, is the 2023 Christmas Parade chairperson.

Entry forms and the $5 entry fee can be mailed to Christmas Parade, c/o Martin Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 583, Martin, TN 38237. Checks should be made payable to Martin Kiwanis Club. Completed forms, checks for the $5 entry fee, and the signed waiver form can also be left at Martin Public Library.

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