Area residents can gather and spread holiday cheer during the city of Daleville’s annual Christmas parade Friday.
The parade, which includes bands, floats and fire trucks will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Windham Drive and heads north toward Fannie Morris Drive.
“This is Daleville’s way of ushering in the Christmas season,” Daleville Chamber of Commerce Director Kay Kirkland said. “We’re hoping to put everybody in the mood and start getting everybody excited about the holiday.”
Christmas music will echo in the streets as the Daleville High School Pride of the South Marching Band, 98th Army Band and Slocomb High School Marching Band perform in this year’s parade.
“(This) will be the first time in a while that we’ve had at least that many bands, and we are just delighted to have (them),” Kirkland said.
Local musician Alan Wayne will also be performing.
In addition, several businesses, organizations and officials in Clayhatchee, Enterprise, Fort Rucker, Level Plains and Newton have submitted entries.
“We’re real pleased,” Kirkland said. “We think we’ll have some pretty floats this year.”
The floats will be competing for recognition in commercial, non-profit and walking or mounted categories.
The grand marshals for the parade will be the Daleville High School 2012 National Championship JROTC rifle team and the special guest, is of course, Santa Claus.
Immediately following the parade will be the Christmas tree lighting on Daleville High School’s lawn.
Santa Claus will be available in the cafeteria after the Christmas tree lighting for kids to sit on his lap, tell him what’s on their Christmas list and have pictures made.
The Lovely Touch Garden Club will also have cookies and juice.
“It’s a good, free, family fun (event),” Kirkland said. “It’s good entertainment and something that the kids will enjoy.”
Residents are encouraged to attend the parade and bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Daleville Baptist Church youth group will be selling hot chocolate.
It’s not to late to participate in the parade, Kirkland said. The deadline has been extended to noon on Nov. 29. Entries are free and can be submitted to the Daleville Chamber of Commerce.