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Three parades to ring in 2007 yule season

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By The Staff

Santa Claus himself will be the guest of honor at three fast-approaching Christmas parades in Perry County. Cannelton and Tell City will host their respective post-Thanksgiving parades Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 with Leopold's Christmas parade scheduled for Dec. 2. All three events draw large crowds each year.

Cannelton Parade Nov. 23

Cannelton's Christmas Parade Nov. 23 is sponsored by Harry G. Myers American Legion Post 142, the Legion Post's auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion Detachment 142. Grand marshals this year are members of Rolling Thunder Indiana Chapter 7, a nonprofit organization that tries to raise public awareness of prisoners of war and military service members missing in action. The group also provides honor guards for veterans' funerals.

Parade lineup in Cannelton begins at 6 p.m. at Old Indiana 237, across from Randy Aubrey Dodge. At 7 p.m., participants will proceed along Indiana 66 (Seventh Street) to the traffic light at Indiana 66 and Washington (Main Street) where the parade will turn right and travel down Washington to First Street where entries will disband. Tell City entries are should arrive by either Mozart or Tell streets to reach Old Indiana 237 to avoid having to turn around on Old Indiana 237.

All organizations and individuals are welcome to enter the parade. However, dirt bikes or four-wheelers are not allowed with the exception of four wheelers pulling entries. Entries should display the name of the individual, business or organization sponsoring the float so the parade judges can see them.

There will be trophies awarded for civic and commercial entries. Anyone wanting to enter is asked to call Ruth Lawalin at 547-3671 or Mary Stephens after 5 p.m. at 547-8003. Entries will be accepted until parade lineup.

Tell City Parade Nov. 25 and Christmas in the Park

Tell City's annual parade is set for 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, and will be followed by Christmas in the Park events in City Hall Park. (See story on Page 1B)

Lineup begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Tell City High School parking lot off of Tell Street. The parade will follow its traditional route along Tell and Main streets.

After the parade, Santa will visit with children in the park.

Trophies will be awarded for commercial and noncommercial entries. For more information call Brian Melton at 547-3441 or 547-6043.

Leopold Parade Dec. 2

Leopold's 2007 Christmas Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. with three staging areas. Floats will line up at Perry Central School with tractors and horse units assembling at the Leopold Conservation Club.

Military entries and Perry Central's Marching Commodores will gather at the former James' Store.

Parade organizers ask visitors to be in Leopold by 12:45 to limit traffic along the parade route. Prizes will be awarded to top floats. For safety reasons, no all-terrain vehicles will be allowed as stand-alone entries.

After the parade, Santa will be in the park. Stepping Stones Preschool will sell hamburgers and chili.

For more information on Leopold's parade, call 843-5625 or Guillaume's Store at 843-5134.

Parade Contacts

Cannelton Parade,

547-3671 or 547-8003

Tell City Parade,

547-3441 or 547-6043

Leopold Parade,

843-5625 or 843-5134