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Christmas parade set for Saturday

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By Lisa King

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday, as the guest of honor in the Shelbyville Christmas parade.

The big guy will be riding in a Shelby County fire truck at the rear of the parade, in order to keep an eye out to see who's being naughty or nice.

The parade will start out from Village Plaza at 10 a.m., heading toward the downtown area.

When it reaches the Shelby County Fairgrounds, the floats will join in.

Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ivers, who is heading up the parade committee, said that this year, 20 floats will be participating, about the same as last year.

A few weeks ago, Ivers had appealed to the public for more floats to grace the parade, but got little response. He added that he is still pleased with the way the parade is shaping up.

"We could use a few more floats, but all in all, it promises to be a good parade," he said.

Ivers said that people can register their floats up until Friday by calling the fire station at 663-6648.

"If they can't get it done by then, they can just show up at the fairgrounds Saturday morning," he said.

Ivers said he encourages civic groups and organizations to join the parade this year.

"Our theme this year is Christmas Magic, and we will be giving first-, second- and third-place prizes for floats," he said.

The Shelby County Fire Department took over the organization of the parade after the Shelbyville Jaycees disbanded 12 years ago, Ivers said.

When the parade gets to the Shelby County Board of Education on Main Street, walking groups will join the procession.

"I'd say the best place to watch the parade is at about 10th Street; after it passes the courthouse, it will start breaking up."