“The committee would like to thank everyone for their input on this year’s parade. The amount of input in such a short time proved to us that the hard work put into this event every year is appreciated and anticipated throughout the community,” Parade Committee Chairman Chip Moore said in a prepared statement. “The committee knew that the original date was not the best date possible, but did not want to interfere with other area parades and the many other events going on. The original Saturday date in November was chosen for many reasons, but we feel that a successful parade can still be presented this year on Dec. 6. We look forward to everyone coming out and participating or viewing this year’s parade.”
Greater Talladega Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mack Ferguson agreed. “One of our goals every year in presenting the parade is to bring the community and visitors from other communities to Talladega to showcase our city,” he said. “We have great stores, shops and restaurants in town, and we want everyone around to have a positive experience when they visit. In addition, we want the citizens of Talladega to be proud of this annual event. We hope this change will show everyone that we are here to listen and we are adaptable to changes that will benefit our city and its great citizens.”
The route for the 2010 parade is still being determined and will be published in early November in The Daily Home and on the chamber website.
Nominations for this year’s grand marshal will remain open until Oct. 15. “Anyone interested in submitting a nominee should send a letter or e-mail to the chamber with a brief description of the nominee and why they should be selected. It is asked that all submissions be limited to one page. The nominations should also include the name of the person making the nomination and contact information if any questions arise. The nominees will be reviewed by the committee and selection announced the first week of November,” according to Moore’s statement.
Those interested in submitting a nominee for grand marshal may send those entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to Christmas Parade, P.O. Box A, Talladega, AL 35161.
This year’s parade is expected to include 20 professional floats sponsored by local businesses and groups, and groups may also design their own floats. “As with last year, the committee is strongly encouraging local groups to design their own floats for entry,” Moore said. “The homemade float category from 2009 was a huge part of making the parade a success. In addition, invitations are being sent out to area high school bands, horse groups, trail-rider groups and local beauties. Several chamber corporate sponsors and other special guests have been extended invitations to participate by fielding special entries. Santa Claus will be on hand anchoring the parade once again to help spread Christmas cheer to the children of Talladega.”
Anyone interested in sponsoring a professional float for the first time should contact Pam Cheatwood at 256-761-2224.
Entry applications are available now at the Greater Talladega/Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and will be available soon at www.talladegachamber.com and The First National Bank of Talladega’s website, www.fnbtalladega.com. The deadline for entries in the parade is Nov. 1.
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