Christmas marches in on Saturday

Sue Schinke, of Lyle’s TV and Appliance, waves to hundreds of spectators on the streets downtown Elkhorn during the 30th annual Christmas Card Towne parade in 2011. The 2012 parade is set for Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Elkhorn’s annual parade benefits food pantry

Get ready for good times and great fun when the 31st annual Christmas Card Town Parade steps off in downtown Elkhorn at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The parade, which is sponsored by the Elkhorn Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Center, benefits the Elkhorn Food Pantry. “Rather than collecting an entry fee, parade participants are asked to donate 10 non-perishable food items,” said Chris Clapper, executive director.

“What I most enjoy about the parade,” Clapper said, are the faces of the children as they react to the floats, clowns, marching bands and then seeing Santa Claus.

“We have several new entries this year,” Clapper noted. “In addition, we will have young people carrying 15 Christmas cards from past year’s parades. We had intended to have the cards in last year’s parade, but it rained and the cards would have been ruined. So it’s nice that we’ll be able to do it this year.”

To make the parade more affordable to participants, the chamber decided not to have a theme for this year’s parade.

“The cost of having a new theme each year was becoming too expensive for some of the churches and civic groups that participate,” Clapper explained.

Not having a theme will enable parade participants to affordably decorate a float and use it year after year, she said.

For more information about the parade, contact the chamber at (262) 723-5788.

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