Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas parade Saturday

By The Herald Staff | 12/11/2013

A long-running Ottawa tradition is set to roll down Main Street again this weekend.

The Ottawa Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin 11 a.m. Saturday at Keokuk and Main streets, heading south, with the Ottawa police and fire departments at the lead, David Hood, Ottawa, one of the parade organizers, said.

This year’s parade theme is “Christmas in Kansas” and floats can be decorated in connection with the theme or however float organizers choose, Hood said. There will be three float classes of commercial, non-commercial and non-commercial youth and will be judged for prizes. First place will receive $100, second place $75 and third place $50.

A candy cane hunt also is set for before the parade at City Park, 515 S. Main St., Ottawa, unless temperatures are too cold, Hood said. In case of inclement weather, the candy cane hunt is expected to be moved to Ottawa Community Recreation Center/Goppert Building, 705 W. 15th St., Ottawa.

Cookies with Santa is set to follow the parade at the Dietrich Cabin at City Park, where children can sit on Santa’s lap and enjoy a snack free of charge, Hood said.

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