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Weather prompts parade change

For only the second time in the Alton Christmas Parade’s history, the date and time will change.

The 32nd annual Alton Christmas parade will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. instead of the usual date and time of Saturday at 11 a.m. 

Forecasted inclement weather force parade organizer Stacey Long to make the change, she said Thursday.

“We’ve only had to do this one time before,” Long said. “We hate to do it, but the weather forecast for Saturday does not look good.”

Already cooked are the bake sale items to be sold by Cedar Grove United Methodist Church, so it’s official, Long said Thursday. “The Alton Christmas parade with be held this Sunday at 3 p.m.”

Available at this year’s parade will be the usual bake sale items to be sold along with other foods such as hotdogs and stew. 

Once again, Santa will be arriving by a secret mode of transportation specially made for Alton’s parade, and Jeb Burton will serve as the grand marshal leading the parade and the day’s festivities.

No fee is charged for anyone wishing to set up booths, according to Parade organizer Stacey Long. 

The parade route will start at Spring Hill Recreation Center and continue to Wilkerson Trail. 

Anyone interested in entering the parade can do so by calling Long at 517-1543. 

The public is invited to come out and celebrate a country Christmas with the Alton community. No fees or applications are necessary, she added.

All children should bring a bag for all the candy to be thrown during the parade, and parents can take a photo of their child with Santa. 

But just remember, Long said, the parade will be on Sunday this year…not Saturday.