- Ada, Oklahoma

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December 1, 2011

Christmas Parade tonight

Ada — Ada residents will line Main Street tonight to see the city’s 24th annual Parade of Lights.

The parade was named the Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights in 2002 after Taylor passed away. He was the former owner of the Curiosity Shop on Main Street.

Ada Main Street Director Sarah Wade said there are currently 34 floats in the parade, but she expects approximately 60 floats to participate.

She said she’s still accepting entries for floats in the parade.

“We’re going to be signing people up right up until 6:30 p.m.,” Wade said.

She said some Ada Main Street merchants will be selling hot cocoa, apple cider and other items for the parade.

“Some of the churches will be having Christmas music,” she said. “The McSwain Theatre is going to open tomorrow night and they’re going to show a Christmas cartoon on a loop.  You can come in, watch a short Christmas cartoon with the kids, get warmed up and then go back out to see the parade.”

Floats in the parade will include Latta High School Cheerleaders, Patriot Ford, a nativity scene by First Christian Church and first time participants Home Depot.  Also appearing in the parade will be the Smith family, an Ada parade staple.

“The Smiths have been in every Christmas parade since 1950,” Wade said.

Wade suggested parade participants wear bright colored clothing and have lights to make themselves visible. She said people walking alongside floats should carry flashlights if possible.

“We’re also asking everybody, if they’re bringing candy, they’re welcome to hand out candy but please don’t throw it,” she said.

The parade will be at 7 p.m. Thursday night.

To register a float, contact Wade at (580) 436-1600.

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