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Christmas on Broadway celebration tonight in Eagle

Scott N. Miller/Eagle Correspondent

Dave Schiessl of the Lions Club in Eagle decorates the stage for Santa with christmas trees and colored lights. The Lions Club has been sponsoring the santa stage for over fifty years.

Pull out the Sorels and find the wool socks. It’s time again for Christmas on Broadway.

Eagle’s annual pre-Christmas celebration is set for tonight, which, if tradition holds, will be the coldest night so far this season. The parade starts at 6 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce, is geared toward bringing residents together on Broadway one last time during the year, and getting shoppers out to downtown businesses.

As always, downtown restaurants will be serving both indoors and out, and numerous vendors will be on hand to offer parade-goers everything from hot cider to steaming chili.

The annual parade has grown in the past few years, and Chamber Director Tim Cochrane vowed this year’s celebration will be bigger and better than ever. This year’s parade theme is “Your Favorite Christmas Story,” and while the usual flood of last-minute entries is expected, parade organizer Kris McKinney reports there are several entrants already signed up.

The U.S. Forest Service is working on a float on which Smokey Bear will read Christmas stories to kids. The float will feature a tree and will also include a reindeer on the front of the truck.

Reindeer, especially those of the glowing-nose variety, are featured prominently in the early parade entries. McKinney said there are already a handful of Rudolph-themed floats, as well as at least two dedicated to Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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Parade judging starts at 5:30 p.m. Beveridge Real Estate has donated cash prizes for category winners. McKinney said it’s not too late to enter the parade. Entries will be accepted until about 5 p.m. tonight.

There is a change to one parade tradition this year. Cochrane said those who wish to throw candy to kids will be urged to have people walk alongside floats to throw candy – underhanded only, please – all the way to the curb. Those walking alongside the floats will also be urged to help keep kids out of the middle of the street, which can be a real safety hazard, especially in the dark.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas on Broadway without a visit from Santa. Thanks to the Eagle Lions Club, the big guy will be listening to Christmas wishes in the 100 block of Broadway right after the parade.

To learn more about Christmas on Broadway, call the Eagle Valley Chamber of Commerce, 328-5220.

This story first appeared in the Eagle Valley Enterprise.