Parade will light up Main Street

Members of the Gattis Junior High School Bear Essentials dance team perform on Main Street during the 2003 Clovis Christmas Lights Parade. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth)

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer

Santa Claus is coming to town. Look for him on top of a fire truck Saturday evening on Main Street.

The Clovis Rotary Club is sponsoring the annual Clovis Christmas Parade to be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street. The parade will begin at Commerce Way and Main Street and travel south to Second Street, parade organizer John Montano said.

Montano said the street lights from 14th Street to Grand Avenue will be shut down Saturday night so the lights on the floats will show up better.

The parade already has more than 50 floats or groups entered, he said, and he expects more to enter before the parade.

Even though the official cutoff for parade entrants was Thursday afternoon, interested participants may still enter the parade up until it starts, Montano said.

Montano also expects the parade to be a celebration of Clovis’ football fortunes. “We’re having the parade for the state champions,” Montano said.

Clovis plays La Cueva High School for the Class 5A state title at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

He encouraged the Clovis High School football players and band members to join the parade if the Wildcats do in fact win the championship.

“I told the band director, if we do win state, those kids won’t mind marching in the parade,” he said.

Following the parade, there will be an awards presentation at 8 p.m. at Center Court in the North Plains Mall.

Montano said the entry fee for the parade is a contribution of three canned goods, food that will be donated to the Life Saver Food Bank.