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posted: 11/1/2012 12:24 PM

Enter the St. Charles Electric Christmas Parade

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  • Monday is the deadline to enter the annual Electric Christmas Parade, scheduled for Nov. 24. Pictured is the 2011 first-place Business Entry winner, The Filling Station.

      Monday is the deadline to enter the annual Electric Christmas Parade, scheduled for Nov. 24. Pictured is the 2011 first-place Business Entry winner, The Filling Station.
    Courtesy of Downtown St. Charles Partnership

 
Submitted by Downtown St. Charles Partnership

More than 10,000 people line the streets in downtown St. Charles each year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving for the annual Electric Christmas Parade.

This year's parade will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership is currently accepting parade entry forms for businesses and organizations wanting to participate. The deadline for entries is Monday, Nov. 5.

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The two-day Holiday Homecoming event kicks off Friday, Nov. 23, with Lighting of the Lights in the First Street Plaza. Then, on Saturday, Nov. 24, the event features the Electric Christmas Parade, movies at the Arcada Theatre, sleigh rides, and visits with Santa. New this year is a free holiday movie Friday afternoon. All Holiday Homecoming events and activities are free.

The Electric Christmas Parade begins at Sixth Street and continues east to Fourth Avenue. It features parade entry floats, vehicles by sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Fox Valley Auto Group, Miss Illinois, the Alderman Sleigh, and special guest Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Businesses, organizations, or other groups wishing to participate must complete the Parade Entry Form on or before Monday, Nov. 5, along with a certificate of insurance.

Complete instructions, parade rules and safety guidelines are available on the Downtown St. Charles website, www.downtownstcharles.org/holidays.

Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still available for businesses, as well as Parade Entries for businesses and organizations.

For more information on Holiday Homecoming events, sponsorship, or parade entry, visit www.DowntownStCharles.org/HolidayHomecoming, call (630) 443-3967, or email info@downtownstcharles.org.

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