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Deadline for holiday parade is Friday

By Staff
READY FOR CHRISTMAS – Michael Blanks, foreground, and Fred Rush, employees of the Meridian Parks and Recreation Department, untangle Christmas lights Monday for a new display at Bonita Lakes Park. The lighting of the city of Meridian's Christmas tree will be Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at City Hall and the Holiday Parade is Nov. 20. Photo by Kyle Carter / The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
November 9, 2004
Getting into the holiday spirit, members of the Meridian Downtown Association on Monday detailed plans for upcoming events.
In addition to a Holiday Parade on Nov. 20, they also discussed plans for a holiday open house in downtown Meridian.
The deadline to submit an application for the parade is Friday. Information packets and parade position assignments can be picked up Nov. 17 at Pearson &Company Insurance, 2210 13th St.
The registration fee is $30. This year, only applications from car and motorcycle clubs as opposed to individual cars will be accepted.
This year's theme is "Winter Wonderland."
Also discussed at Monday's meeting was the recent Downtown Haunted House sponsored by the association. Profits from the event will be used to promote the Holiday Open House.
Ann Burton of Clear Channel Radio agreed.
This year's parade has been changed from a Thursday night to a Saturday night in an effort to increase participation and draw more people downtown.
The lighting of the city of Meridian's Christmas tree will be Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. at City Hall. Various choirs will entertain from 5:30 p.m.n8 p.m. in Dumont Plaza on Nov. 18 and 19.
During the Downtown Open House, the association also will sponsor a shopping tournament. It will be Nov. 18 from 5:30-8 p.m.; Nov. 19 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Nov. 20 from 10 a.m.n4 p.m.
Shoppers should bring all receipts from Downtown Association merchants to Cartmell Art Gallery on Nov. 22. Trustmark National Bank will calculate the receipts. The shopper spending the most money at downtown businesses will win a $500 shopping spree in "Downtown Dollars," good only at Downtown Association merchants.
And, before the parade on Nov. 20, Santa will be in Dumont Plaza from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
What: Holiday Parade
When: Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Sponsored by: Meridian Downtown Association
Application deadline: Friday
Information: Call Michele Pearson at 482-6699, or stop by Pearson &Company Insurance at 2210 13th St.

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