Christmas in Minden

 

Christmas in Minden Holiday Schedule

Friday, December 10

TBA

Saturday December 11

5:00pm – Minden Christmas Parade Christmas Parade Registration Form

The 2021 MINDEN Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 5:00pm in Downtown Minden.  *We have extended the parade route longer, to be able for the citizens to practice social distancing.

This year’s theme will be “Twas The Night Before Christmas”. Entries should feature your favorite Christmas Carol or song as inspiration. Build a float or other parade entry to illustrate the theme of the song. Have music playing for an extra touch! You may add lights and colors to make your entry unique.

The parade will begin at the corner of Elm Street and East and West Street and end at the same location.  Line up begins at 3:30pm. Lineup will begin at corner of Elm Street facing South to McArthur.  (Entire parade route is attached) PLEASE DO NOT BRING VEHICLES, TRAILERS OR FLOATS TO LINE UP BEFORE 3:30PM!  To Drop off participants to get to their floats, please drop off at Richardson Elm School.  Pick up will be in same location at Richardson Elm School.

If you are throwing candy or trinkets you MUST have adult walkers on either side of your unit!

ENTRY DEADLINE: All parade entry forms must be completed and returned to the Greater Minden Chamber by Friday, December 4th, 2021, at 4:00pm.

AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR:

  • Best Band
  • Best Marching Group
  • Santa’s Award – Given to the overall outstanding entry presenting and illustrating the
    theme “Twas The Night Before Christmas!”
  • Spectacular Sparkles -Given to the entrant that presents an outstanding display of lights and/or other type of illuminations

*Awards will be presented at 6:45pm following the parade in front of the Minden Civic Center*

GENERAL RULES: The Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to reject any entry which it believes does not follow the required rules and regulations.

All floats/entries in the parade should have some form of Christmas decoration and Christmas music where practical. Seasonal music and lights are what make Christmas parades special, and we encourage all participants to emphasize these elements. 

Animal Groups

  1. Animal entries must incorporate the parade theme.
  2. Animal entries shall exercise appropriate measures to keep spectators safe.
  3. Horses may be either bagged or accompanied by “scoopers” during the parade

and while in the staging area.

**PLEASE NOTE**

Due to safety reasons, if you are throwing candy or trinkets, you MUST have adult walkers on either side of your unit and ALL throwers MUST wear a mask.

Lights and Christmas music are welcome and encouraged!

Since the parade is broadcast live on KASO/KBEF Radio, all entrants must supply their own signage for their float/entry. Banners and signs should be neat and easily recognized. Six-to-eight-inch lettering is recommended. Basic, simple signs show best.

Any float with children must have one adult for each five children.

Please NO SANTA costumes! Santa will have his own float at the end of the parade. Santa Claus is our featured guest each year.