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Decatur Christmas Parade
Brrr-ing on floats tonight

By Paul Huggins
phuggins@decaturdaily.com· 340-2395

Grab your mittens and wool caps before heading out for tonight’s Decatur Christmas Parade.

The temperature during the day will barely get above 40 and feel even chillier because of 10-mph winds out of the northwest. When the downtown parade starts at 6, the temperature should be in the 30s. It will fall toward an overnight low near 20.

The cold forecast is welcome news to one group of parade participants, who are eager to show off their fur coats. The Decatur Kennel Club returns to the parade after taking last year off.

That should please children, who usually vote the dogs, often dressed in antlers or Santa outfits, as their favorite parade entry.

“The excitement will keep us warm,” club member Nancy Pett of Priceville said of the 15 members she expects to participate. “It will feel like Christmas, that’s for sure.”

There is another reason that Pett — who will walk with her 21-month-old Rott-weiler, Ruffus — is happy to see the temperature drop: “The dogs stop shedding for a while.

In keeping with this year’s parade theme, “The Music and Magic of Christmas,” the kennel club float will play a CD of dogs barking popular holiday songs.

The parade, organized by the Decatur Jaycees and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, will have about 60 entries, including marching bands from Decatur, Austin, West Morgan, Priceville and East Lawrence high schools.

A $100 cash prize will go to the best entry in each of five categories: float, vehicle, walking entry, animal and use of theme.

Tommy Ed Roberts, who retired this year from the state Senate, will be the grand marshal in recognition of his years of service to Morgan County.

The parade will follow its traditional route: starting on Second Avenue Southeast at Gordon Drive, turning left onto Lee Street, and ending on Bank Street Northeast by Founders Park.

Cracker Barrel will provide hot chocolate and cookies at the park while supplies last.

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