Monday, Dec. 1 the city of Dyersburg will celebrate its 64th annual Christmas parade in downtown Dyersburg.
Recently retired Dyer County mayor and lifelong resident Richard Hill has been chosen as this year's Grand Marshall of the parade. Megan Brock and Patrick Williams will be the announcers for this year's parade.
Steve Guttery, director of Downtown Development for the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, noted the one float category that is underutilized is the Industrial/ Commercial class.
"While the parade has evolved over the years, the local industries rarely build a float. Every time we meet to organize the parade, I bring up the giant Flash Cube float from Sylvania from my early recollections of the Christmas Parade. They just don't build them like that these days," said Steve Guttery, director of Downtown Development for the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce.
"While local industries are still proud of what they do, for economic reasons, they are doing more with less and that rarely leaves time to build a float. Actual built floats can win prize money to offset costs," said Guttery.
"Candy may be passed out to the crowd, but may not be thrown from any moving vehicle. Some entries think this spoils the fun of the parade," says Guttery, "but they are forgetting children will jump in front of a moving vehicle for candy."
Passing candy to the crowd by walking with a basket gives each float an opportunity to see the smiling faces of the children while safely giving them candy.
Members of the Dyer County Adult Leadership class will again work as volunteers at the parade. All parade entrants are encouraged to carefully and legibly fill out their parade entry forms.
Application forms have a space for each entry to provide a message to the crowd as they pass the judging stand. Parade organizers request applicants print legibly a concise message on the form. As you pass the judging stand, the announcers will use your form to talk about your entry.
"It is nearly impossible to describe a float, name the pageant winners and even guess who the entry belongs to, if the application is incomplete," said Guttery.
Lineup will take place on Lake Road between Market and Forrest streets at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1. All entries will check in at the registration booth in front of B&M Auto at the corner of Lake Road and Finley Streets. Bands will enter Cedar Street from South Main Street and line up behind the Dyersburg Police Department. Bands are requested to line up by 6 p.m.
The parade will begin on West Market Street, with the route turning left on Mill Avenue, left on Masonic Street, left on Church Avenue, right on Court Street and right onto King Avenue. A rain date for the parade has been set for 7 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Those interested in additional information may contact Jan Jernigan at 731-288-3573 or Steve Guttery at 731-285-3433.
The 64th Annual Christmas Parade is a presentation of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce through its Main Street Program of Downtown Development. Rain date is Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Entry forms are available at the Lannom Center at 2000 Commerce Ave. during regular office hours. All entries must be turned in by Monday, Nov. 24 to participate in the parade.