Entry deadline is Wednesday for the 41st Annual Carthage Christmas Parade.

Entry deadline is Wednesday for the 41st Annual Carthage Christmas Parade.

The parade, hosted by the Carthage Technical Center's SkillsUSA Chapter, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2. The theme will be “I'll Be Home for Christmas.”

The one-mile parade will follow the same route as last year, originating at the corner of Chestnut and Main streets in front of First Christian Church. It will proceed north on Main, circle the Carthage Square, then head back south on Grant Street to end at Chestnut and Grant.

All businesses and commercial entries will be charged a $25 entry fee. Entry forms may be obtained by calling Mark Sponaugle, SkillsUSA adviser, at 359-7026 or emailing him at sponauglem@carthage.k12.mo.us.

A confirmation letter will be mailed to the entrants about a week prior to the parade to indicate places in the lineup, as well as additional details.

Judging will take place around the Square with trophies to be awarded to first-place winners in each category.

The Carthage Police Department has ruled that “treats” may not be passed out from moving parade entries to spectators along the route. However, additional participants walking beside the entries may hand out candy or gifts.

The SkillsUSA Chapter and Carthage Fire Department provide Santa Claus as the parade finale.
With that in mind, parade entrants are asked to portray other characters besides Santa, such as Mrs. Claus, Santa's elves, Frosty the Snowman, shepherds, etc.

SkillsUSA , made up of high school students enrolled in Carthage Technical Center classes, has been a part of the parade since its beginning.