RIPLEY -- The annual Ripley Christmas Parade hosted by Ripley Main Street Association and the Ripley Rotary Club is just around the corner. The parade will be Tuesday Dec. 4 and begin at 6:30 p.m. Entry is free and forms may be picked up at the Ripley Main Street office, the Main Branch of the Peoples Bank or the Ripley Main Street Website http://www.mainstreet.ripley.ms/. Some exciting changes have been made this year to the parade, said Ripley Main Street Director Libbi Bryant. “To kick the Parade off our Grand Marshall will be flipping the switch on the City's Christmas Tree. “We will also have some changes in the way you can view the parade. Bleacher seating will be available in the parking lot across from Office Products and First United Methodist Church and on the Square. “We are also incorporating a theme to the parade. This year's theme is 'I'll Be Home For Christmas!' We encourage float entries to use this theme but it is not required,” Bryant said. Entry forms should be returned to Ripley Main Street or Peoples Bank - Main Branch by noon on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. Line-up will begin in the Wal-Mart Parking lot. Walkers and bands will line up at CVS. All entries that wish to be judged must line up by 6 p.m. at the Ripley High School parking lot. The entries will be assigned a number and placed in line to be judged. Any entries which are not available for judging at 6 p.m. may not be judged. Each contact person will be called on the day of the parade to provide the number of their entry. You must create a sign with your number on it and place it on the right side of the entry. The sign must be at least 8.5" x 11" so that the number is large enough for the announcers to read from the stage. RMSA and The Rotary Club will provide Santa Claus for the parade. No other entries in the parade should have a Santa Claus. Also, no candy may be distributed by any entry. Ripley Main Street and The Rotary Club are not responsible for any accidents which may occur during the parade. There is no fee for entering the parade. However, Ripley Main Street and The Rotary Club reserve the right to refuse admission to any proposed entry, event organizers said. -0-

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