Clarinda’s 27th annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 29 around the square. Cosponsored by the Clarinda Kiwanis Club and the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce, the theme is The Colors of Christmas.
The parade became a tradition in 1993, two years after the Dec. 11, 1991, fire at the Page County Courthouse in Clarinda. Emphasis has remained on thanking the area fire departments for their role in stemming the blaze. Fire trucks are given a place of honor following the color guard and Santa Claus in his sleigh. After the parade, Santa will be in his house on the southwest corner of the courthouse square to meet children.
Clarinda Kiwanis Club and the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce invite businesses, industries, organizations, churches and individuals to participate by entering a float or even a group of carolers. Parade line up will begin at 4:30 p.m. at 13th and East Main. The parade begins at 13th and East Washington, proceeds west on Washington Street, around the square and finishes at 15th and Grant streets.
Awards include Kiwanis President’s award for best, overall float; best display of lights award; best theme award and the holiday spirit award. In case of bad weather, the parade will be 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30.
Santa will be at his house provided by the Clarinda Lion’s Club following the parade until 8:30 p.m.
He is also scheduled to be at his house from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays Dec. 7, 14 and 21.