Oklahoma State Senator Mike Schulz and Oklahoma State Representative Charles Ortega were to serve as the Grand Marshals for this year’s Altus Christmas Parade, but at their request, the new Grand Marshals will be the Class 5A State Champions – the Altus Bulldogs.
This year’s parade will be held this coming Saturday, Dec. 12.
For the second year, the Altus Christmas Parade will be conducted at night, and all of the floats will have lights. The parade is themed “Christmas Night of Lights”. The Chamber’s Parade Action Group, chaired by Debbie Davis, is repeating the very successful event they hosted last year. Davis expects a great turnout for this year’s parade and feels it is one of the best ways a business, church, club, or organization can get noticed in the community.
Parade entries will step off from the Western Oklahoma State College parking lot at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12. This year’s parade is part of the “Home for the Holidays” weekend, offered through a partnership with Main Street Altus and presented by the Altus Association of Realtors.
The Main Street Altus Candy Cane Cash “Sweetstakes” drawings will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 12 on the courthouse square, and the parade takes place at 6 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., local talent will take the stage and entertain the crowd as they wait for the drawings to begin. Holiday classics and some fresh, new sounds of the season will be performed by Studio One, the Altus High School choir, Off the Wall Dance Productions, St. John’s Baptist Church Choir, and the Mikayla Jo Band. Food vendors, craft projects, pictures with Santa, and an ice skating rink on the square round out the packed schedule and make it a day that will be fun for the whole family.
For the second year, the generous support of the Altus Association of Realtors made it possible to bring in entertainers, and support from the Altus/Southwest Area Economic Development Corporation made it possible to add an ice skating rink to the downtown festivities. “Home for the Holidays weekend would not be possible without the support of these two outstanding organizations. Altus is blessed with hard working, professional realtors who are constantly giving back to the community,” said Bush, “The Altus EDC is working tirelessly to grow our local economy, and their support of these events is just one of the ways they are making life better in Altus.”
In case of inclement weather, cash drawings and concerts will be moved to the City Auditorium. Call the Altus Chamber at 482-0210 for more information.