Town seeks entrants for Troutman Christmas Parade
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Christmas Parade tradition resumes on Saturday, December 1, at 11 a.m.
Organizations, bands, and others are welcome to complete an application to participate for planning purposes, by Wednesday, November 23. There is no registration fee.
In lieu of an application fee, the town requests each entrant to donate at least one new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program. Of course, entrants may donate more toys if they wish.
The organization is in need of toys for all ages of children but usually has more difficulty getting toys for children ages 12 and up.
The town will also have a trailer for spectators to donate toys traveling behind Santa in the parade. Organizers ask the generous Troutman community to bring toys to the parade and hand them to the “elves” walking with the trailer or bring them to Town Hall anytime between now and December 1.
The parade will leave from the Career Academy & Technical School (CATS) at 350 Old Murdock Road and travel southwest to North Eastway Drive and then down Eastway to Troutman Baptist Church.
The Christmas parade, revived in 2016 after being dormant since in 1966, will feature beauty queens, local dignitaries, show cars, dancers, police and fire vehicles, and holiday-themed floats. Twenty entrants are signed up already.
Entrants must be at the staging area located at CATS at the Auto Tech entrance at 258 Murdock Road, no later than 10 a.m. the morning of the event.
If you have any questions, contact Angela Hoover at the Town of Troutman at 704-528-7600 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available online at https://www.troutmannc.gov in the “Troutman Annual Events” section or can be picked up at Town Hall.
1. Organizers ask that entrants arrive at the staging area, located at the Career Academy & Technical School (258 Murdock Road), using the Auto Tech entrance, no later than 10 a.m. and to follow directions of parade organizers, especially for safe drop off and pick up of children participating in the parade.
2. The parade starts at 11 a.m.
3. The parade will travel on Old Murdock Road from CATS to Eastway Drive, then down Eastway ending at Troutman Baptist Church.
4. Once the parade has started, no one can get off and/or on any vehicle, even if it is not moving.
5. Supervise any children in the parade group very closely. The town does not want anyone to get run over or fall off a vehicle or float.
6. Do not throw any objects, including candy, during the parade. If entrants want to give out candy or other items, they must have someone from the group alongside the float to directly hand out the items. This prevents any children/spectators from coming into the parade travel area, increasing the risk of getting hit or injured, and also helps keep the town clean.