Bigger and better than ever is the prediction for the annual Cecil County Christmas Parade.
Hundreds of people will be lining Main Street in North East this Saturday to enjoy the event.
The parade steps off at noon.
“We have 132 entries,” reported town administrator Melissa Cook-MacKenzie on Tuesday afternoon. “I’m working through that list, I am on number 97.”
There is a good mix of bands, floats and groups, she said.
The 2017 Cecil County Christmas Parade is expected to last about one hour. Last year’s parade took 50 minutes to go down Main Street. That was with 101 entries.
This year’s 132 entries means more for people to enjoy.
“There are one or two more pending,” Cook-MacKenzie said.
The Cecil County Council members are once again serving as judges for the Christmas Parade. They will be set up near the town hall, meaning that area is a great place to be to enjoy the special songs or other routines the parade participants have planned to impress the judges. The grand marshals for the parade this year are personalities from a morning radio show.
“It’s quite intense this week,” Cook-MacKenzie said, of the preparations in town hall to make sure the parade goes as planned.
“With the parade, there’s a lot of things you can do before the event and a lot of things you cannot do until the week of the event,” she said, adding that when she was working on last year’s Christmas Parade on a Friday night, her work did not end until 3 a.m. on the day of the parade.
Weather is always a worry for any outdoor event and it can be especially worrisome for a December event. With a predicted high of 50 degrees and mostly sunny skies set for December 2, weather will not be an issue for the 2017 Christmas Parade.
“We’ve been very fortunate in having good weather for the parade almost every year,” Cook-MacKenzie said.
The weather would have to be so severe as to pose a danger before the town would cancel the parade, she noted. If the day is ever deemed too bad to hold a parade, the Christmas Parade would be rescheduled for the following Saturday.
Cook MacKenzie said she only remembers one parade day when the parade marched through a light snow, which richly added to the Christmas spirit.