Christmas In The Park representative Linda Ray recently told The Brazil Times approximately 100 entries would take part in the annual parade.
"We usually have around 100 entries," Ray said. "I don't think that's going to change this year. We've got a lot of entries back. I'd say we'll probably have 100."
Ray said the lineup for the parade is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with the parade kicking off at 7. She added the lineup would take place at Vandalia Street, with the parade ending at Depot Street.
Area DJ Milo Miller will serve as emcee for the parade. He will provide a detailed explanation of each float and will be set up in front of Lynn's Pharmacy, the official sponsor of the parade.
"It's a very big honor for us to do this," Ray said.
Hot chocolate, coffee and cookies will also be served at the Clay County Courthouse, beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, at no charge. In addition, the annual fireworks show -- provided by Aerial Arts -- and the "lighting of Forest Park," will begin at 8:45 p.m.
The parade is only the beginning of the holiday festivities.
The annual Christmas Toy Live and Silent Auction will take place Saturday, at 8 p.m., at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds and the annual Christmas In The Park Bazaar will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, also at the fairgrounds. Ray said there would be approximately 40 vendors on site during the bazaar.
A Country Rhodes Fish and Chicken dinner will also take place from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, at the event. Homemade desserts will also be available for purchase.
Santa Claus will pay a visit to the YMCA of Clay County Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., for the annual Breakfast with Santa event. Children at the event will have the opportunity to make Christmas cards and each child will receive a free goody bag and a picture with Santa.
The annual Christmas Walk will take place from 6-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18, at Forest Park, and will include Christmas Caroling by various church groups.
Santa will also be at his house in Forest Park beginning Friday after the parade. He will be at the house Dec. 1-3, 8-9, 15-17, and 22-23, from 6-8 p.m. The Forest Park concession stand will be open during those evenings, serving hot chocolate and cookies for a freewill offering.
Back this year will be the Horse and Carriage rides, which will be available from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on a first-come, first-serve basis. The rides will also be available on Sundays by reservation only.
Cost is $3 per person. Children 2-under will be admitted free. Private couple rides will cost $20.
Southern Draugh Carriages will offer the carriage rides. Of the total cost, $1 will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Ray added the Christmas In The Park Committee is also in discussion to possibly put together a countywide contest for decorated homes.