Registration for entering the Watkinsville Christmas Parade is once again free. Forms are online at cityofwatkinsville.com under the “Community” tab and can also be found at City Hall. 

The theme this year is “Star Light, Star Bright.” 

The Dec. 14 parade will start at 3 p.m. Participation is open to schools, businesses, civic and church organizations, music or talent groups and families or individuals. 

All entries will be judged and awards will be presented for Best Use of Theme Adult, Best Use of Theme Youth, Most Artistic Adult Entry, Most Artistic Youth Entry, Best Tractor and Best Antique Vehicle 

There will also be a Best Overall “Maridee Williams” Entry, named after the eponymous general manager of The Oconee Enterprise who was at the helm of the parade for 20 years from 1997 to 2017. 

Plaques will be presented at the Jan. 15, 2020 Watkinsville City Council meeting, but winners will be notified by Dec, 17, 2019. 

The parade will take place rain or shine. Line up will begin at 2 p.m. at the intersection of First Street and Barnett Shoals Road and continue west down to the defunct Southwire plant. 

Political messages are not allowed, and neither are four-wheelers, go-carts or motorcycles. Live Santas are also prohibited, as the one-and-only Santa Claus will make a grand appearance at the conclusion of the parade. Participants are also instructed to hand out candy, rather than throw candy. 

Entries with horses are allowed, but the horses must have buns, and the riders should dress in holiday attire.

For questions, contact events@cityofwatkinsville.com

For more on this story, see the Oct. 17 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, call (706) 769-5175 or visit the tab on our website. 

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