October 31st, 2016

Sign up NOW for the 2016 Carthage Christmas Parade

It is time once again to make plans for the Carthage Christmas Parade.  Carthage SkillsUSA would like to invite you to join us for the 44
th annual Carthage Christmas Parade. The Carthage Christmas Parade will be held Monday, December 5, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. The theme this year is “Lights,
Camera, Action, Christmas!”

SkillsUSA is a youth organization, made up of high school students who are enrolled in classes at the Carthage Technical Center. These classes cover a
wide range of interests such as Health Sciences, Robotics, Multi-Media, Computer Maintenance, Carpentry, Drafting, Fire Science, Criminal Justice
and Precision Machining. Our students and advisors know it is important to give back to the community that has been so good to them. With that
thought in mind, we are proud to sponsor this year’s parade. SkillsUSA has been part of the Carthage Christmas Parade since the beginning. As it
states in the SkillsUSA creed, “We believe in the dignity of hard work and the American way of life.” The Christmas parade has been a long standing
tradition in Carthage and the Carthage SkillsUSA Chapter is proud to be part of this event.

The parade will follow the same route as in years past. The route will originate at the corner of Chestnut and Main (in front of the First Christian Church). Proceed north on Main, circle the beautiful Carthage Square, then head back south on Grant street to end at Chestnut and Grant (tennis courts behind the Junior High School). The route encompasses a distance of approximately one mile.

Trophies will be awarded to first place winners in each category IMMEDIATELY following the parade on the steps of the First Christian Church (parade starting point). As we have done in the past, we will also present trophies for Mayor’s Choice, Director's Choice, and Best Use of Lights. Reminder – your entry must be decorated for the season. Judging WILL NOT take place before the parade but it will occur somewhere around the Carthage square.


Entry fee for all businesses and/or commercial entries will be $30 dollars. Thank you for your support.

As a safety precaution, the Carthage Police Department has ruled that “treat” items MAY NOT be tossed from moving units to spectators along the parade route. Additional participants walking beside your unit may HAND OUT candy or gifts. PLEASE observe this safety measure and help prevent children from darting into the path of moving parade units. By not following this instruction we may be forced to ban the distribution of candy at future parades.

The Carthage Fire Department and SkillsUSA will provide us with a "real" Santa as the parade finale. We ask that you portray Mrs.
Santa, the elves, Frosty, Wise Men, Shepherds, etc. instead. Please allow us only one Santa.

We are excited about the 2016 Carthage Christmas Parade ~~ "Lights, Camera, Action, Christmas!” ~~ and ask you to complete the enclosed entry form and return as soon as possible. Entry Deadline is Wednesday, November 16, 2016. If you would like to enter electronically please email me at the address below and I will send you and entry form via email. 

If you have questions, please use the contact information listed below. We hope you can participate by “creating” a special Christmas memory. You will receive a confirmation letter the week following Thanksgiving indicating your place in the line-up along with any additional information. Also, if Carthage R-9 Schools are closed due to inclement weather on the day of the parade, the parade will be postponed one week.


Mark Sponaugle, SkillsUSA Advisor


School Phone 417-359-7026
Home Phone 417-358-8863
Fax 417-359-7098

Carthage Technical Center ~ South 
1100 East Airport Drive, Carthage, MO

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