Bonne Terre Annual Christmas parade Dec. 4

The Bonne Terre Christmas parade is quickly approaching and Santa and Mrs. Claus plan to visit.

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The 38th Annual Bonne Terre Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade is set for Monday night.

Brian Boyer, an organizer of the chamber's parade, said a good number of entries have been coming in and they will accept late entries up until the day of the parade. Interested parties just need to call the chamber office at 573-358-4000.

“This year’s theme is ‘Christmas Luau’ and we hope to see a lot of palm trees and warm weather things,” said Boyer. “Lineup starts at 5:30 p.m. behind city hall and the floats can enter through the Benham Street entrance. Someone will be there to check everyone in and the parade will start at 7 p.m.”

Boyer said this is the longest running parade in St. Francois County and First State Community Bank is this year’s sponsor.

“There will be several floats, a marching band, fire departments, the ERDCC is the color guard, and the last float in the parade - which is the chamber float - will feature Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Boyer. “This year’s first-place winner will get a $200 cash prize, second place will receive $150, and third place gets $100 for best decorated floats following the theme.”

There will be three community members judging the floats as they pass the Shepard House.

This year’s parade route will be the same as in the past. It will start at the intersection of Desoto Road and Division Street. They will then go south on Division to Main Street, east on Main to the Bonne Terre Post Office and will disperse at Centennial Park in front of the post office.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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