Get ready to rock at Christmas Parade

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 39th annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by Shelbyville Jaycees and Shelbyville-Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, will be held Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. In case of rain, the parade will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The theme will be "A Rocking Christmas," and State Sen. Jim Tracy will be the grand marshal.

Connie Smith of Shelbyville Jaycees, which organizes the parade for Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, said she wasn't sure exactly how many entries would be in the parade yet but the number appears to be down somewhat.

Bands step out

The parade will, however, feature bands -- Cascade High School is confirmed, said Smith -- as well as a certain jolly, red-suited visitor on the final float.

The parade will take the normal route through town. Lineup will be on Lane Parkway. The parade will proceed south on Cannon Boulevard from Lane Parkway, then east on Holland Street to the square, north on Main Street to Madison, and east on Madison to Celebration Drive (entrance to Calsonic Arena).

On the run

Once again, First Choice Pregnancy Counseling Center will hold its "Run For Their Life 5K" along the parade route, just ahead of the parade. The 5K will go further down Madison Street, ending in the old Kroger / KMart shopping center parking lot at 1113 Madison St.

Participants should meet at that Madison Street location to sign in prior to the race and will be shuttled to the starting line. Registration opens at 2:30 p.m. and the last shuttle will leave the Madison Street location at 3:40 p.m.

Special attractions

Several other events will take place Saturday on and near the square:

* The 2012 Pencil Sculpture Competition will be held Saturday. Entries are due by 11 a.m. Saturday at Torso, 111 South Main St. Rules can be found at The entries will be on display on the east side of the courthouse during the parade.

* The Mid-State Cloggers will perform beginning at 3:15 on the square, to entertain those early parade-goers who have staked out their parking places.

* The official county Christmas tree, located on the east lawn of the courthouse, will be lit just prior to the parade. The honor of flipping the switch will go to a randomly-selected spectator.

Prize money for parade entries includes $250 for the grand marshal's prize, $200 for first place, $150 for second and $100 for third.

For more information about the parade, contact Connie Smith, (931) 307-5285, or Brittany Burton, (931) 307-5509.