The 38th annual Shelbyville Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelbyville Jaycees and Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday with a rain date of 2 p.m. Sunday. The theme will be "Old Fashion Christmas," and State Sen. Jim Tracy will serve as grand marshal.
"It's looking good," said Connie Smith of the Jaycees. She didn't have an exact number of entries on Thursday and was still working on the lineup, but said she's happy with the participation. All three high schools will have bands in the parade.
The parade will be preceded by the fourth annual "Run For Their Life" 5K, to benefit First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center, which will be run along the parade route.
"This event gets bigger every year," said First Choice director Donna Thomas. "Our runners tell us that they really enjoy the motivation of being cheered on by the parade-goers. We are looking forward to a great turnout."
Thomas said earlier in the week that she had 32 runners pre-registered; runners may also register on race day.
The parade will be held on the normal route. Lineup will be on Lane Parkway. The parade will begin at the intersection of Lane Parkway and Cannon Boulevard, proceeding south on Cannon to Holland, east on Holland to the square, north on North Main to Madison, and east on Madison to Celebration Drive. The parade will disperse at Celebration Drive.
Runners in the 5K will gather at 1113 Madison St. (the old K-Mart parking lot) for registration and will be carried by shuttle at 3:40 p.m. to the starting line, which will be at the intersection of Lane and Cannon.
The run will follow the parade route but will continue down Madison Street. Race day registration will be open from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and the cost will be $25. There are nine age divisions available, and awards will be given to the male and female finisher in each. The top three male and female finishers overall will also be recognized.