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Last year's event was held on Sunday, November 27, 2016 1-5 p.m.

Check out the ways you/your business can support this event!

Each year, on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, people of all ages line the streets of downtown Mount Vernon for our traditional Christmas Parade and Walk. The smell of roasted nuts and cinnamon fills the air, children enjoy train and carousel rides, families get photos with Santa, and mom and dad shop for those one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. It's a heart-warming time of celebration and community, brought together amidst the wonderful backdrop of beautiful, historic downtown Mount Vernon. Organized by the Mount Vernon News, the parade features a new theme each year, around which parade floats and entries focus. From classic cars and equestrians, to marching bands and local civic groups, everyone loves to watch the parade. And we can't forget the lighting of the greens on the Public Square and the official appearance of... Santa Claus! Several activities benefit the annual Food for the Hungry drive as well.

Event Details - Theme: Comic Strip Christmas

Christmas Parade Auction: Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at Allison's Finer Diner. Whether you bid on a parade category, provided a silent auction item, or just make a donation, this grand tradition couldn't happen without your generosity.

Thank you to our 2015 host - Parkside Restaurant, and to our auctioneer - Mr. John Ruckman. 

Christmas Parade Categories:

  • Best Walking Entry

  • Your business could be listed here

  • Best Animal Entry

  • Best Business Entry

  • Best Humorous Entry

  • Best Auto Entry: 1960 and Before

  • Best Auto Entry: 1691 and After

  • Best Youth Entry

  • Best Religious Entry

  • Best School Entry

  • Best Horse-Drawn Entry

  • Best Miniature Horse/Pony Entry

  • Best Equestrian Entry

  • Best Antique Implement Entry

  • Best Emergency Vehicle Entry

  • Best Club/Service Org Entry - Adult      

  • Best Club/Service Org Entry - Youth

  • Best Motorcycle Entry

  • Best Parade Theme Entry

  • Dan Emmett Best Overall Entry

  • Parade Entries: Thanks to the Mount Vernon News for coordinating this event.

  • Christmas Walk: From caroling to cookies, there are a variety of special activities happening downtown. Download the activity list!

  • Window Wonderland: HCA will hold a window display contest for the holiday season as well. The theme will be the same as the Parade and Walk: "Miracle on Main Street." Information coming soon!

  • Christmas Street Pole Banners: HCA has beautiful red and white Christmas street pole banners that will be up through the entire holiday season. Your business name can be on one of these banners for just $150.

  • Traditional Tree Lighting and Caroling: Mount Vernon News song sheet!

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