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An Old Fashioned Christmas

 Thursday, December 5, 2013

Parade Coordinator

Parade Coordinator

Nothing lights up a dark winter night like the sights and sounds of a festive Christmas Parade. Folks of all ages will brave a cool winter breeze to gather along the streets of downtown Bakersfield in anticipation of the arrival of brightly decorated floats with their colorful characters and Jolly Old St. Nick in his bright shining sleigh. Join us Thursday, December 5th, for the 31st annual Dignity Health Bakersfield Christmas Parade as we watch the magic begin and ordinary streets turn into something very special. “An Old Fashioned Christmas” is the theme for this year’s event and some 90 entries will adorn the streets of downtown Bakersfield with Christmas themed floats, light displays, marching bands, drill teams, horse drawn carriages, community groups, classic vehicles, and live performances by local youths. What used to be just a GREAT PARADE has now become a destination for excitement and an afternoon and evening of fun for all!

Come and join more than 20,000 of our ‘closest friends’ expected to celebrate at this year’s parade and share in the “Spirit of Christmas”. This unique free community event inspires delight and wonder for the young and young at heart and there is something for absolutely everyone! Be there to explore one of our newly formed “Christmas Square” Marketplaces where you can enjoy delicious food from local Food Vendors, check out the Children’s Activity Centers, visit Santa’s Mailbox, and experience our newly added attractions called Pet Adoption Centers.  These child friendly areas are  provided by local Sponsors and will host free fun activities for children of all ages.

The Bakersfield Christmas Parade will begin at 6:00 pm and end at 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 5, 2013. This year’s parade “LIVE ” broadcast is sponsored by KGET 17 NBC and Telemundo 17.3.

Would you like to be in the 2013 parade representing your organization or business? It’s easy! Just download the 2013 Parade Entry Application, type in your information, print, sign and date, and mail (with the proper insurance papers and the appropriate entry fee) to the address on the form. Your application must be received by the parade office on or before the deadline date in order to be considered.  Applications may also be delivered in person at the parade office located at KGET 17 NBC, 2120  L Street, Bakersfield, CA 93301. (But, please call for an appointment.)  Parade Entry Applications will start being accepted beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  The application deadline will be Friday, October 25, 2013 by 4:30 pm.  Because of the live broadcast time constraints the parade is limited to 90 units.  The selection of the 90 units is at the sole discretion of the Bakersfield Christmas Parade Committee! Please, read and review the Fees and Category Descriptions along current Rules and Regulations for the latest information on your entry selection before submitting.

Would you like to be in the 2013 parade Vendor?  Just download the 2013 Vendor Application, type in your information, print, sign and date, and mail (with the proper insurance papers and the appropriate entry fee) to the address on the form. Your application must be received by the parade office on or before the deadline date in order to be considered.  Vendor Applications will start being accepted beginning Tuesday, September 3, 2013.  The deadline will be Friday, November 8, 2013 by 4:30 pm.

Be a proud Christmas Parade Sponsor today!  Share in the joy by keeping our hometown Christmas parade alive and well for our future generations. Christmas Parade Sponsorships on any level are welcomed! To learn more about our 501(c)(3) tax deductible sponsorships visit the 2013 Sponsorship section of our website or contact the parade office anytime.

If you have any questions about the parade, sponsorships, or our entry application process please contact Pamela Carlock, Parade Coordinator, at the parade office 661-283-1716 or via email at: Pam@bcparade.com

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