Pell City Christmas Parade deadline is Friday at noon
by Elsie Hodnett
Dec 05, 2013 | 881 views |  0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
PELL CITY – The application deadline is noon Friday to participate in this year’s Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce “The Greatest Show on Earth” Christmas Parade.

“We have some really great floats this year, but can always make room for more,” said Erica Grieve, executive director for the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce.

Grieve said applications are available at the chamber office and on the chamber’s website at www.pellcitychamber.com.

The annual Pell City Christmas Parade is at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. There is no rain date for the parade.

Grieve said this year’s Grand Marshal is James-Paul Dice, who joined FOX6 as chief meteorologist in 2008.

“He is no stranger to Pell City and can often be found at the St. Clair County Airport,” she said. “In 2011, he held his wedding ceremony there. We are so honored to have such an accomplished grand marshal with close ties to Pell City.”

Grieve said 11-year-old Pell City native Berritt Haynes, who was recognized by Gov. Robert Bentley and the ASF Foundation as the ASF Foundation’s 2013 Male Athlete of the Year will appear in the parade. Haynes has won numerous honors and awards competing in BB gun competitions across the South.

Grieve said the parade route is the same as previous years. The parade will start at Pell City High School, travel east on Cogswell Avenue to Comer Avenue, turn left on Comer Avenue and travel to U.S. 231 North. Floats with children will need to continue on U.S. 231 North to the Iola Roberts Elementary School parking lot. Any other entries may turn left near the Pell City KFC and continue on to Pell City High School.

Any floats with children need to continue on to the Iola Roberts Elementary School parking lot for safety reasons, and to help the flow of the parade. The chamber also requests that people not park on the 1800 and 1900 blocks of Cogswell for safety reasons.

“We also ask that large groups meet at a convenient location and then carpool to Pell City High School, because there is limited parking,” Grieve said.

Grieve said the two review stands this year are in front of the St. Clair County Courthouse and Bible Methodist Church. Emcees are Matt Mitcham, Mike Riley and Erica Grieve.

“All floats just be at the high school and ready for judging by 5 p.m. to qualify,” she said.

Grieve said the categories include Large Retail & Industry , Small Retail, Best Musical Act, Churches & Schools, Civic Clubs & Non-Profits and Spectators Choice.

“The dance groups will be put in the Best Musical Act category,” she said. “Musical acts will have one minute performance time in front of the first review stand.”

Grieve said the parade fee is $10 for general entries and for each horse participating in the parade. There is no charge for chamber members.

“This is our first year to charge, and the funds will go to help cover the parade costs,” she said.

Grieve said all vehicles in the parade must display Christmas-themed decorations. The official parade Santa is at the end of the parade, riding on the Pell City Fire Department’s newest fire truck, painted in the Pell City Panthers black and gold colors.

“We owe a big thank you to our parade sponsors and those who enter the parade each year,” she said. “It takes time, effort and a lot of the Christmas spirit. The community really comes together.”

For more information, call the Greater Pell City Chamber of Commerce at 205-338-3377 or visit www.pellcitychamber.com.

Contact Elsie Hodnett at ehodnett@dailyhome.com.