Gather your gang - your business, club, talent, grass roots group, friends and family to join the festivities of the 36th Annual Lake Area Christmas Parade.
The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm. Line-up starts at 11:30 a.m. at the junction of HH & Bagnell Dam Boulevard.
Entries line up on 242 in the order they arrive. Judging of entries occurs before parade during line-up. Promptly at 1:00 the Maine Corp League Honor Guard leads the parade turning right on the Boulevard and proceeding down to Bagnell Dam.
Grand Marshals: Our Grand Marshal will not be a person, but the spirit of gratitude for our essential workers.
Floats, boats, bands, cars, trucks, bikes, queens, celebrities, Shriners, firetrucks, marchers, twirlers, clubs, scouts, horses and more are anticipated to fill the ranks to make this a parade to remember. Entries forms are downloadable in the header above.
Consider while planning your entry –There will be no separate categories, but there will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners who will receive cash of $200, $100 and $50 for their best representation of the theme. No full Santa costumes. Hats are okay.
Santa Claus arrives in Lake of the Ozark’s style. The parade finale. Pulled by his reindeer Santa’s ride is a beautiful Red Sleigh with over 2,000 lights, garland, music and Santa helpers. The sleigh was designed and built by Steve Lemens and his late wife Pat, who embarked on this labor of love for the joy of children at Christmas time. Many contributed to the original project. A special thanks to Steve Lemens, Brian and Angie Schuster, Summerset Boat Lifts and Big Thunder Marina for continuing this tradition.
Santa will make his appearance exclusively in the parade and elves will distribute gift bags along the route in lieu of a personal visit.
Children are encouraged to write letters which will be collected by the elves along the route for Santa to read before Christmas.
BDSA is strongly suggesting following CDC guidelines including masks, sanitizing and distancing.
To register for the parade e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 573-434-3552