Ackerman Christmas Parade rules, regulations

The Town of Ackerman is proud to announce the theme for the 2012 Christmas Parade. This year’s theme will be A Picture Perfect Christmas. The parade is set for Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. in downtown Ackerman. We will again this year sponsor a Silent Auction with all benefits going to the Choctaw County Nursing Home Auxiliary. If you would like to contribute an item, basket, etc., toward this project please contact us at the Ackerman Town Hall (285-6251). We would ask that the value of the item be $25 or greater. We would like for these items to be available for pictures by November 19th so that they can be posted on Facebook.

The Parade Committee would like to provide you with the opportunity to participate.

PARADE LINE-UP: Parade line-up starts at 5:15 p.m. at Ackerman High School and along Church Street. All entries will be placed in the parade as determined by those in charge of line-up with NO exceptions to this policy. Late entries will be automatically placed at the rear of the line-up. PARADE ROUTE: The parade route begins at Ackerman High School and will travel down Main Street, continue through the two 4-way stops, to the intersection at Highway 15. The route will then turn right onto Highway 15, travel north to Cherry Street, take a right and continue to the Baptist Church.

SAFETY: For the safety of all parade participants & observers: Parade participants must remain in the designated parade route throughout the entire parade.

RESTRICTIONS: No float or entry can contain Santa Claus and NO throwing of candy or other items. If you are entering an animal in the parade, the animal must be either on a float or restrained/leashed.

WINNERS: Religious floats—1st, 2nd, 3rd; Non-religious—1st, 2nd, 3rd; Best Decorated Vehicle—1 winner; School Sponsored Entry—1 winner; “Miscellaneous” Other Entries—1 winner. Entries will be judged on originality, craftsmanship, costumes (if appropriate), external appearance and style, and keeping with the theme. All vehicles must be decorated. The ONLY Santa Claus to appear in the parade will be on the last entry—the Official Santa Claus Float.

ENTRY FORMS: must be completed and returned no later than November 30 to: Ackerman Christmas Parade, PO Box 394, Ackerman, MS 39735. For more information, call the Ackerman Town Hall.