The 71st annual Holiday Parade, presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center, HyVee and Midwest Gloves & Gear.

The 71st annual Holiday Parade, presented by the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce, is sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center, HyVee and Midwest Gloves & Gear. “It is going to be a great parade this year,” stated Crystal Narr, executive director of the Chillicothe Area Chamber of Commerce. “The theme of Christmas Around the World is a festive one for our 71st annual parade and we have a great number of entries that have already been submitted.” The Grand Marshal honor this year will be filled by not one individual but rather a unique collection of local entities. The Holiday Parade committee has selected our area first responders to serve as this year’s holiday parade grand marshals. “The individuals that comprise our local first responders deserve to be this year’s grand marshals for their dedication and service to our community. The Chillicothe Emergency Services Department, Chillicothe Police Department, Livingston County Sheriff’s Department and LifeFlight are a critical part of the safety and security of our residents. We are so happy to be honoring them this year,” according to Chuck Erke, Parade Committee member. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, and will include floats and entries from many different organizations, youth groups, churches, businesses and individuals throughout Chillicothe. Many bands or musical groups from around the area will also be involved as a part of the parade, including the Chillicothe High School Marching Hornets and the Chillicothe Middle School 7th grade and 8th grade bands. KC Wolf, official mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs, sponsored by Trenton Coca-Cola Bottling and Sluggerrr, official mascot of the Kansas City Royals, sponsored by Pepsi Cola Bottling will also make a return visit to the Holiday Parade along with many other area mascots. “As always, we are so thankful for our overall parade and special entry sponsors – they truly make this event possible for our community,” states Narr. Parade judging will take place during the parade, with the announcement of the winners to follow on Saturday afternoon. Entries will be judged in the following categories: Business entries, Non-Profit Group or Organization entries and Youth Organization entries. The parade entry deadline is Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Letters detailing parade number and lot location will be mailed prior to the parade to those who have entered. Please remember all entry forms must be full completed, including contact information and description of what is to be announced about the entry during the parade. For more information contact the Chamber 660-646-4050 or office@chillicothemo.com