"Miracle on Washington Street" has been chosen as the theme for this year's 66th Annual Holiday Parade, presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. Hedrick Medical Center, Chillicothe Hy-Vee and Midwest Gloves and Gear will once again sponsor this annual community event. As has become the custom, the event will be held before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 am in downtown Chillicothe. All entries are welcome and will be free of charge until the Friday, November 2nd deadline.

Lindy Chapman, Executive Director of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce explains, "We have a great group of individuals on our parade committee who helped to develop the theme this year. The theme, of course, references the traditional Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street, but also gives a nod to the many great things we have going on in our community – many of which are on or near Washington Street/Highway 65 – the new hospital and the new stadium, as well as the opportunities of downtown storefronts, the Leeper lot and many others."

With school and other fall activities started, many individuals and organizations across the area have begun to think about entries for this year's Parade. Hundreds of people from Chillicothe and across Northwest Missouri attend this event each year. Popular entries such as area high school bands, KC Wolf, Slugger and many others will be a part of the parade line-up.

The Holiday Parade is open to everyone to enter. Many businesses, organizations, partners in education and individuals enter the Parade each year. 2012 Parade entry forms are also available now. There is no parade entry fee for those who register by Friday, November 2, 2012. Parade entries can be placed in either judged or non-judged categories. All participants are asked to decorate their parade entry and will be supplied an entry number to display on the float or vehicle. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three places in each judged category. The judged categories are business, youth organizations, and non-profit organizations.

For more information contact the Chamber 660-646-4050 or chamber@chillicothemo.com.