Rice Lake Main Street Association’s 28th annual Holiday Parade will be held Thursday, Dec. 5 with the theme Gingerbread Land.
The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. on Rice Lake’s Main Street at Stein Street and travels north ending on Evans Street.
From 4:30-6:30 p.m. visitors are encouraged to view the decorated trees at City Hall, then visit Santa Claus at Kitchen & Floor Decor from 5-6:15 p.m.
After the parade, see Northwinds British Brass Band at Bethany Lutheran Church beginning at 7:30 p.m.
There is also a reception at the Rice Lake Senior Center, located at 12 W. Humbird St., before, during and after the parade from 4-8 p.m. The public is invited to warm up, use restrooms and purchase hot and cold beverages, Christmas cookies, chili or soup, popcorn, hot dogs and chips. Proceeds go toward center needs with NAMI and Community Connections to Prosperity helping to put it on.
The United Presbyterian Church at 20 W. Messenger St. will also be open to the public during the parade to warm up and purchase hot chocolate, coffee and deep fried Oreos.
Float requirements are that, every parade entry must be illuminated; no entry may have a Santa Claus (The real Santa will arrive at the end of the parade.) Candy and items should be handed out along the sidewalk only; decorations should be completed before entering line-up area and holiday music is encouraged. Float lineup for the parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Stein Street and floats can dismantle on Lakeshore Drive at the end of the route.
Two categories will be used for judging 2019 float entries: most uniquely lighted, and best in theme. Contact Rice Lake Main Street Association at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thursday's forecast looks like mostly cloudy with a high of 31˚F dropping to a low of 11˚F and a 15% chance of precipitation.