The annual Portland Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.
The theme of the 2021 Christmas Parade is “Candyland.”
While a number of towns in the area have Christmas parades in early December, Portland’s parade is unique in that it takes place in the evening.
As the parade route makes its way down Broadway and past the lights on Main Street and the Downtown Mini Park with the lit Christmas tree, it gives the Portland parade a little different feel than a lot of the others held on that weekend.
For those wishing to enter a float or vehicle or other entry into the parade, the cost is $15 for Portland Chamber of Commerce members and $20 for non-members. After Nov. 30, the entry fee increases to $40. All entries must be received no later than Dec. 2 to guarantee placement in the parade line.
The lineup for the parade begins at 4:30 p.m., on Victor Reiter Parkway. All those who are entering a float or vehicle in the parade as well as those who are walking in the parade should be in line by 4:30 p.m.
Judging of floats and other entries will be done at that time with trophies awarded for the top three entries in the following categories: best float, best non-profit and best vehicle. The judging criteria will be based upon overall appearance, design, originality and being true to the theme.
There are several rules to adhere to both for parade entries and individuals involved in the parade. No Santa suits will be allowed, as Santa Claus will ride on the Volunteer State Bank float.
Individuals who wish to distribute candy as they walk in the parade must hand the candy out. No throwing of candy will be allowed in the parade and, for safety reasons, no candy can be handed out from moving vehicles.
All vehicles entered in the parade must be driven by a driver with a valid drivers license.
No stop performances will be allowed, but bands are encouraged to perform as the parade moves through its route.
The parade will begin on Highway 109 North at Victor Reiter Parkway and will make its way down Highway 109 through the downtown Portland area and will conclude in the parking lot of Portland East Middle School.
To obtain an entry form, please stop by the Portland Chamber of Commerce office at 106 Main Street in Portland.
For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website at portlandcofc.com or call the Chamber during regular business hours at 615-325-9032.