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Lions Club gears up for annual parade
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Rincon Christmas Parade
• When: Nov. 22, 10 a.m.
• Where: Lineup begins at Macomber Park and follows the parade’s traditional route
• Entry forms: Available at city halls in Guyton, Rincon and Springfield.

The Rincon Noon Lions Club is gearing up for its 36th annual Christmas parade, and organizers think it could be the best one yet.

“It’s probably going to be the biggest parade we’ve ever had,” said Danny Fries of the Lions Club.

This year’s parade is set for Nov. 22, starting at 10 a.m. from Macomber Park. The parade typically has 60-65 entries, but Fries expects 80-85 this year.

A big reason why, Fries said, is the Alee Shrine Temple has committed to bring about 20 of its units, such as the hillbillies, pirates and clowns.

The Shriners also will bring their Oriental band, giving the parade four bands this year. Also slated to perform are Effingham’s two high school marching bands and the 3rd Infantry Division Band and Color Guard.

The parade’s grand finale will be Santa. Organizers ask that no parade floats have Santa look-alikes, since seeing multiple St. Nicks might confuse the younger parade watchers.

“He’s confirmed,” Fries said of Santa. “I already talked to him and he’s going to swing down.”

The parade has no entry fee. Entry forms are available at the Rincon, Springfield and Guyton city halls.

The parade will form at Macomber Park and follow its usual route, down Lexington Avenue to Fourth Street and Highway 21. From 21, the procession will turn left onto Ninth Street, go back to Lexington and return to Macomber to disband.

Plaques will be presented to the winners in different categories. Entries will be judged on appearance and adherence to the Christmas theme, according to Fries.

The parade grand marshal will be announced at a later date.

For more information about the parade, call Fries at 663-2412.