NEWBERRY — Santa Claus is coming to downtown Newberry on Saturday along with plenty of other groups and individuals marching in the annual Newberry Christmas parade.
The Newberry Jaycees present the city’s annual parade beginning with the grand marshals and ending with Jolly Saint Nick. The grand marshals are City of Newberry officer Jake Huffstetler and Newberry County Sheriff deputy Ryan Dickert who were voted by the readers of The Newberry Observer as the top officers for the city and county.
This year the parade is set to start at 5 p.m., said Jaycees president Heather Ruff.
“A lot of the community asked for a night parade this year and we wanted to target the Christmas spirit with all the lights downtown and everything,” said Ruff. “The night setting will set a different experience.”
The parade will start at Main Street near the Calhoun Street intersection which is where contestants are asked to line up, said Ruff. It ends at Nance Street.
Plenty of businesses, non-profits, schools, beauty queens and individuals are participating, said Ruff, adding they will take entries the day of but there is a late fee.
“We ask that people get in line starting at 4 p.m.,” she said.
People can walk or ride in a car, truck, ATV, golf cart or float but the price does vary.
Winners will be announced later based on the following categories: Best Overall, Best Walking Group, Best Car and Best Float. Winners must stick to the theme and be original.
The parade rules are as follows:
Fill out a parade entry form.
All entries must be clearly identified with assigned parade number. The assigned parade numbers will be made available at the Newberry Observer parking lot before the parade.
All entries must be in place in the parade line-up by 4 p.m. All downtown traffic will be blocked off.
If an entry is late and/or not in correct parade line-up, the entry will be placed at the end of the parade and not be eligible for recognition.
Entry position in the parade line-up is at the discretion of the Parade Committee.
All entries must be of a holiday theme.
All entries must be safe for passengers and spectators.
All entries with animals must obtain special permission from the Parade Committee and must be contained.
No objects should be thrown from parade entries.
This is a forward moving parade, stopping or reversing direction along the parade route is not permitted. Keep a one car-length gap between you and the vehicle/group in front you at all times.
All decisions of the Judges will be final.
For entries with children, the person coordinating the entry should designate an area for children to be picked up and/or escorted to watch the rest of the parade. Remember to assign an adult to chaperon any child under 13 years old in your entry.
Consumption and carrying of alcohol is strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted.
Parade officials have the right to disqualify any entry from the parade. No obscene symbols or paraphernalia on vehicles or clothing will be allowed. No participants shall use abusive or obscene language or gestures towards spectators, engage in disorderly or riotous conduct, make loud noises, injure persons or property, obstruct access to public or private property, disturb or breech the peace, litter or distribute commercial material.
For safety, all motorized vehicles should refrain from excessive accelerations, wheelies, burnouts, and absolutely no swerving toward spectators.
For more information about entering the parade or rules, contact Ruff at 530-2604.