Christmas parade, decorating contests aim to lift spirits
Christmas season will kick off in early December, as Imperial celebrates the holidays with a Christmas parade and three different decorating contests.
People wanting to get involved in the Country Christmas Festival will have about a week or so, as they plan for a parade entry or choose to decorate their home, business or a downtown light pole with a Christmas or winter theme.
And, Santa Claus will be in town before the Dec. 4 parade to visit with children of the community.
Imperial’s Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring all of the events.
In a year in which COVID-19 has cancelled so many events, Chamber President Jack Schnieder said they’ve scheduled what they could.
“We are trying to help lift the spirits here,” he said.
Due to COVID restrictions, he said they were unable to have the soup and pie supper, held last year the same night as the Christmas parade.
Schnieder said the Chamber hopes to return with its soup and pie and other business events in 2021.
The activities this year mark the return of a residential decorating contest, which hasn’t been held for a few years.
The Christmas parade downtown was held for a first time last December, and was a huge success.
That’s why Chris Krausnick agreed to coordinate it for the Chamber, along with the business decorating and light pole decorating contests.
Prizes and Chamber Bucks will be awarded in all four Christmas events.
Parade Dec. 4
Chamber Bucks will be awarded to first, second and third place in the lighted Christmas parade on Friday, Dec. 4.
This year’s parade will take a different route, Krausnick said, since a highway permit was not secured for having it along Broadway.
The parade will start from the city offices, travel north to 12th Street, west to Grant Street, where it will turn south and travel along Grant to 7th Street, before turning east and ending at the city offices.
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