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The holiday season is quickly approaching and if you are looking to shine, or even just twinkle, then join Marias River Electric and Shelby Gas Association in their annual “Light the Night” Christmas parade on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m., immediately following the Christmas Stroll.

Anyone and everyone are welcome to participate in the parade, but there are some rules that need to be followed. 

First and foremost, all entries must have decorative lighting and be appropriate for all ages. Unlit entries will not be allowed into the parade line-up. 

Participants must also register their float. This can be done prior to the event, online, at www.cognitoforms.com/MariasRiverElectric/LightTheNightChristmasParade, or the day of the event at the corner of Sixth Avenue South by the old Catholic School. 

“Participants must be lined up by 5:30 p.m.,” said Marias River Electric’s Jennifer Hagood. “All participants must register before participating in the parade, either online or on the day of the event. The starting point will be on Main Street, by the old middle school.”

A few other rules to keep in mind include: No live Santa is allowed, other than the officially approved Santa float, call if you have questions. No rollerblades, skateboards or water guns will be allowed. Walking entries, such as marching bands, are allowed. Each moving vehicle must be driven by an adult with a valid driver’s license and insurance. No articles whatsoever, gum, candy, flyers, etc., may be thrown, handed or passed from any floats or vehicles.

The parade committee can, and will, refuse entry of any floats, units or individuals not conforming to the safety standards and rules. Anyone wishing to participate is encouraged to take the time to read through the rules to ensure that what is being entered is parade acceptable.

All entries will be given a number, for judging purposes. All participants need to pick up their entry number at the old Catholic School and place it on their float before the parade starts. There will be a grand prize of $50 and the second place entry will be awarded $25. The first place business entry will receive a traveling trophy.

For more information or if you have questions contact Hagood at (406) 434-5575 or (406) 450-8502. The time has come to be festive and creative, untangle those lights and “Light the Night!”

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