The Albany Chamber of Commerce invites area residents to join in the fun and excitement of the seventh annual Old Fashioned Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 6:00 p.m.
The Chamber is looking for businesses, churches, community organizations, families and individuals who would like to get in the Christmas spirit and march or ride on a float in the Christmas Parade.
There is no cost to participate in the parade. To register, contact Diana Nail at 325-762-2525.
“Nov. 30 is the parade day and we need more entries in the horse categories, cars, walkers, those kinds of things,” Nail added.
One thing that is being requested is that float and wagon entries have some kind of lighted decorations for the Christmas season, not just a plain vehicle.
Albany merchants will officially launch the 2013 Christmas shopping season with a special Holiday Preview of gift and holiday merchandise that same Saturday.
Many of the participating retailers will host late hours and open houses on Saturday during the parade.
Many local shoppers are aware of the variety of merchandise available right here at home, but the Holiday Preview spotlights local shops at their best.
Several of the retailers are already preparing to host customers that weekend, complete with refreshments, door prizes, special pricing and discounts.
The Chamber is continuing the popular Chamber “shop at home” campaign which rewards local residents for their hometown loyalty during holiday shopping.
For each $10 spent with local participating merchants on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving, one ticket for a drawing will be given.
Saturday night, after the parade, a drawing will be held at the Bank Park, according to Nail.
Tickets will be drawn to determine who will be the recipients of Christmas scrip, to be spent at any participating local merchants.
“This was so much fun last year, we decided to bring it back to show the community how much we appreciate them spending their Christmas shopping dollars in Albany,” Nail said.