The annual Lions Christmas Parade will be held Nov. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. from Macomber Park on Lexington Avenue in Rincon.
Parade organizers from the Rincon Noon Lions Club are putting out the word now for area organizations and individuals to get their applications in for this year’s event. Vehicles from the 118th Field Artillery Battalion, which has a unit based in Effingham, are scheduled to participate, along with soldiers from Hunter Army Airfield and Fort Stewart’s 3rd Infantry Division.
Santa again will bring up the rear of the parade and some friendly surprises such as Ronald McDonald are scheduled to appear. Organizers are inviting tractors, vintage cars, race cars, re-encators, horses and riders, dance troupes and others to get involved. This year, church floats are being organized into categories based on church membership. Categories are up to 125 members, 126-250, 251-400 and 400 and more. New theme-based awards are being given for the church entries and include: the church that best represents the Christmas message from a Biblical point of view; the church that best presents Christmas from a child’s point of view; the church that best presents Christmas as a winter wonderland; and the church that best presents the “spirit” of Christmas.
There is no charge for an entry but participants are asked to fill out an application, available at Rincon City Hall or by calling Danny Fries at 663-2412. Parade entrants are asked to begin the line up at Macomber Park at 8:15 a.m. on the morning of the parade.
First Baptist Church of Rincon is also organizing the arts and crafts festival known as the Dickens Village on the church grounds the day of the parade. To participate, call Dr. Bill Gammon at 826-5536.