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It's Christmas Parade Season in Sequoyah County

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - Everyone loves a parade, especially a Christmas Parade. Floats, marching bands, candy and the arrival of Santa Clause are just a few of the things that make Christmas Parades so special for adults and kids of all ages. Tomorrow night the town of Vian will kick off area Christmas parades in Sequoyah County.

The Vian Lions Club's 44th annual Christmas Parade of Lights will be held Thursday, Dec 1 at 6 p.m. At 5:30 p.m., parade participants will meet at Vian Baptist Church to line up, and judging will follow at 5:45 p.m. This year’s theme is "Christmas Movies," with Grand Marshals Raymond and Ruby Pigeon.

Categories include floats pulled by a motorized vehicle, 4-wheeler or ATV, animal (with or without cart), motorcycle or bicycle, color guard, band, school club, and honorable mention at the judge’s discretion.

The grand prize float winner will receive $100, category winners $50, and honorable mentions $50. In the school club category, first place will receive $100, second place will receive $75, and third place will receive $50. Parade forms can be picked up at Town Hall.

Webber Fall’s "Hard Candy Christmas" themed parade is set for December 10 at 10 a.m. The parade line-up begins at 9:15 a.m. on Commercial Street in front of SRS, and the parade route will head straight downtown.

If you would like to be in this year’s parade, call 918-816-6568, or you can just show up at 9:15 a.m. to line up. Anyone is welcome to participate in the parade, including motorcycles, horses, dogs, ATVs, walkers, school clubs, organizations, churches, little leagues, and businesses.

The town of Gore’s "Hard Candy Christmas" themed parade is scheduled for Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. Judging considerations include the following: first impression and overall appearance; consistency with the parade theme and holiday spirit; quality of workmanship, construction, uniforms, and costumes; choreography; and enthusiasm.

Award categories include the following: Best of Parade-Overall Entry, best walking/marching/dancing group, best antique, classic, or exotic vehicle, best church float, best business float, best family float, best off-road float, and best horsemanship. To reserve your spot in the line-up, call the town of Gore at 918-489-2636.

The Roland Area Chamber of Commerce "Hard Candy Christmas" themed parade begins at 12 p.m. on Dec. 10. The staging of the parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Roland High School parking lot. The parade route will head south on Roland Road, ending at the Roland Hills Shopping Center.

Churches, civic organizations, equine and motorsport enthusiasts, businesses, teams, bands, and virtually any community member who wants to spread Christmas cheer is welcome to march in the parade.

Participation in the parade is free, but registration is required. Registration forms can be picked up at First Star Bank in Roland or downloaded from the Roland Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Marble City’s 2022 Christmas parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Dec. 10, with the line-up beginning at 1 p.m. north of town. The historic Citizens State Bank will be serving hot chocolate and cookies, and Santa will be present with lots of candy for the kiddos.

Schools, churches, businesses, non-profits, friends, and families are invited to join the parade with floats or other parade vehicles.

The Muldrow Lions Club will host the Muldrow Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. The organization stated, "There is no parade theme this year, and everyone is welcome to dress as they please. The only request we have is that no one dress up as Santa because we already have that covered."

The Sallisw Chamber of Commerce will host the last parade of the evening on Dec. 10. Sallisaw’s "Hard Candy Christmas" themed parade will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the parade line-up starting at 5:30 p.m.

Float entries will be divided into three categories: businesses, schools and school organizations, churches, and non-profits.

Contact the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce at 918-775-2558 for parade entry forms. Every parade entry must have a registration form, not just floats. The Mix 105.1 will broadcast live from the Sallisaw parade, so you will be able to watch the parade live on our Facebook page or on MixTV Channel 19.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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