Did you think Carthage was done with parades for the year after the big Maple Leaf Parade?
Not on a bet.

Did you think Carthage was done with parades for the year after the big Maple Leaf Parade?
Not on a bet.
The Carthage Christmas Parade is coming up at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4.
Organized by the Carthage High School SkillsUSA group, the theme for this year is “One Christmas Night. . .”
SkillsUSA Advisor Mark Sponaugle said the theme is borrowed from the name of the Christmas play at Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre this year, and it is intentionally open-ended.
“We left it open for people to do whatever Christmas memory they want,” Sponaugle said. “One Christmas Night could mean the Nativity, or it could mean opening presents. We left it open ended intentionally so people could explore whatever they think about on One Christmas Night.”
The deadline for entries is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and people can call Sponaugle at the Carthage Tech Center South at 359-7026 or email him at sponauglem@carthagetigers.org for entry forms or more details.
Sponaugle had a few reminders for people or businesses interested in entering the parade.
• Entry fee for all businesses and/or commercial entries will be $30 dollars.
• 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.
Parade entries will be judged as in past years by volunteer judges stationed near Carthage City Hall on the parade route.
Trophies for the different categories as well as Mayor's Choice, Director's Choice and Best Use of Lights, will be presented on the steps of the First Christian Church immediately following the parade.
The parade will follow the same route as previous years, starting in front of the First Christian Church at Chestnut and Main streets and going north around the Carthage Square, then back south to end at Chestnut and Grant near the former tennis courts behind the Carthage Junior High School.