By AMANDA LOVIZA VICKERY
Glasgow Daily Times
Weather forecasts are calling for temperatures to be in the mid- 60s on Saturday, which is warmer than usual for the annual Glasgow-Barren County Community Christmas Parade.
“Believe it or not, we do keep up with [the weather],” said Ernie Myers, executive vice president of the Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce. “Participation and attendance from folks who are watching the parade is absolutely dependent on what the weather does.”
The parade is set to get under way at 6 p.m. and will follow the same route it took in 2011, starting at Southgate Plaza on South Green Street and proceeding to the Glasgow Public Square. The parade will travel in a clockwise direction around the public square past the Plaza Theatre turning right on Broadway and continuing until it reaches College Street.
Grand marshal for the parade will be the Butterflies for Maddie Committee; hence the theme “Butterflies at Christmas.”
The committee works each year to raise money to fund research for a cure for pulmonary veno occlusive disease or PVOD.
Maddie Morgan died at age 6 from the disease in November of 2005.
Morgan’s family is happy to be recognized for their efforts by being invited to serve as grand marshal of the parade.
“We are so honored and so excited. I cannot wait,” said Donna Morgan, Maddie’s mother. “I know it’s going to be so emotional, but we are so excited. I couldn’t be more ecstatic about it.”
Maddie’s siblings are in awe of their sister being recognized during the parade, which Donna Morgan said has always been a traditional outing for her family.
The chamber of commerce’s Christmas Parade Committee chose the Butterflies for Maddie Committee to serve as grand marshal because their work is for a worthy cause, Myers said. “Many times we’ve had race car drivers and country music singers and actresses and all that sort of thing [to serve as grand marshal],” he said, adding the committee decided to recognize local charities in hopes of raising more awareness about them.
In 2011, Community Medical Care and Habitat for Humanity committees served as grand marshals of the parade.
Walking alongside the grand marshal float on Saturday will be students from Ms. Adrienne’s Dance Studio in Glasgow, who will be dressed like butterflies.
As for entries in the parade, at press time on Thursday there were about 133, which Myers said is comparable to past years.
“That’s always give or take five or six because there are entries that ... don’t show up,” Myers said.
Parade entries can disembark from College Street to Bunche Avenue as they travel down Broadway.
“We are asking folks to park their support vehicles in the South Central Bank parking lot,” Myers said, adding shuttles will transport those who will be in the parade from the bank parking lot to Southgate Plaza beginning at 1 p.m.
The committee chose to use the same parade route as it did in 2011 due to Glasgow High School’s parking lot still being under construction. While the school building construction is complete, the parking lot is still not ready for use, Myers said.
In the past, the parade has left Glasgow High School and traveled down Columbia Avenue to the public square.
Both parade routes have their plusses and minuses.
“We have gotten a lot of good positive comments on the route coming up South Green Street,” Myers said.
One positive comment has been that it is a prettier route and another is it lacks the number hills the former parade route had.
“That [the lack of hills] makes a lot of difference both for the vehicles and people who are marching in the parade,” he said.
Also, there is no parking allowed along South Green Street with the new parade route.
“The police will not allow any parking to take place on South Green Street and that’s for the entire length of the parade all the way to the [public] square,” Myers said. “There are plenty of parking lots all around the square where [people] can find a parking spot.”
Horses and other animals will once again be allowed to be in the parade.
“We haven’t had horses in a while,” said Myers. Even though no one has entered an animal in Saturday’s parade. “There was a decision to allow them, but they are going to have their own clean-up devices. Once they make a deposit, it has to be cleaned up.”
The decision was made to allow horses and other animals in the Christmas parade due to the number of requests the committee had received, he said.
Throwing candy from floats or other entries is still not allowed.
For more information about Saturday’s parade, call the chamber of commerce at 651-3161.