The annual Charleston Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled due to the ice and snow last week. It will be held this Saturday, December 14 and will begin at 5pm in front of the Charleston Elementary and Charleston Middle Schools.

The Christmas Parade will be led by city and county law enforcement officers, followed by members of the American Legion, who will present the colors. The Grand Marshals, Gene and Joy Brown and the Charleston Tiger Band will be next, followed by the participants of the parade.

Several Charleston businesses will be open after the Christmas Parade.

The Christmas Parade will begin in front of the Charleston Elementary and Middle Schools. Participants are asked to be at the school by 4pm to be lined up. Antique automobiles are asked to line up on North School Street, with antique tractors unloading in front of the Charleston Middle School office. All other entries are asked to come in on Tiger Drive between the Charleston Superintendents office and the Middle School or via Guy Fenter Drive off of South School Street, passing through the Charleston High School campus.

Santa will ride on one of the City’s fire trucks in the parade. After the parade Santa will visit with children in the showroom of Hug Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and will hand out candy to the youngsters. The candy each year is donated and prepared by the City of Charleston.

Cash prizes for the Christmas Parade are furnished by the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. First, second and third place prizes of $125, $75 and $50 will be given away in the large float category. Prizes of $85, $60, and $40 will be awarded for small floats, with $35, $25, and $15 given for first, second and third, for antique autos and antique tractors. Prizes of $35, $25, and $15 will also be given for first, second and third, in the ATV’s/Motorcycle-Scooter division. ATV’s pulling trailers will still be considered small floats. Prizes for decorated bikes will be $15, $10, and $7.50.