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December 8, 2011

Parade tour

County gears up for procession of Christmas spirit in three towns

DUNCAN — Although Stephens County annual triple-header of Christmas parades are scheduled a week later than in the recent past, the towns of Duncan, Marlow and Comanche are ready to take the spirit of the season to the streets all day on Saturday.

During the county’s unique day full of parades, festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Marlow and then move on to Duncan at 3 p.m., before finishing the tour with a 7 p.m. stop in Comanche.

At Marlow, the parade lineup begins at 9 a.m. around the high school. Grand marshals are to be members of the Marlow VFW Post 2888 and American Legion Post 9 Color Guard, who will lead the parade down Main to First Street.

Several awards will be given to parade entries, such as trophies for the best truck, best original vehicle, best Christmas decoration and best modified vehicle. Rosette ribbons will also be given to the best decorated bicycles for children seven and under, as well as eight and over.

Best original tractor and most unique tractor will also receive trophies, along with first- and second-place entries in the individual horse division and horse drawn division. Entries such as go-carts, three-wheelers, golf carts and lawn mowers will have a chance at best decorated motorized off-road vehicle.

Cash prizes from $25 to $100 will be awarded to the top four floats in the parade.

Santa Claus, who will have a busy day, is going to be the featured parade guest and is bringing lots of candy. Additionally, Marlow Lions Club is hosting a pancake breakfast at the Lions Den on Main from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Proceeds are used for a variety of community and charitable projects.

Next on the agenda is the Duncan parade at 3 p.m. Everyone who plans to register must go to the registration table at 12th and Main any time after noon in order to get a spot in the lineup.

The route will head down Main and also Walnut, with grand marshals, the Fort Sill F.I.R.E.S. Color Guard, 77th Army Band, and Stephens County Honor Guard.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Tammy Johnson, director of Main Street Duncan. “Usually it’s the first Saturday in December but we moved it to get off the same weekend as the Bedlam football game.”

Johnson mentioned that the parade will be much the same as past years. However, this year San Diego, Calif. resident Michelle Young, who is retiring from the U.S. Navy after 20 years, will be in the parade.

“I think that’s kind of neat,” Johnson said. “Not every parade has someone who comes all the way from California to be in it.”

Prizes will be given to first- through third-place in float, special interest, antique car and business categories. At the conclusion of the parade, the winner of the Main Street Duncan Inc. $1,000 cash giveaway will be announced at the judge’s stand at the 800th block of Main.

Finally, the parade tour ends in Comanche, where there will be a unique feature to cap the day: Lights. Comanche’s festivities feature live entertainment starting at 5 p.m., which continues until about 6:45 p.m. when the sky will be lit by a fireworks show.

Once the parade begins at 7 p.m. and the band begins to play, another show of fireworks will go off. The parade is set to travel from Comanche High School down Highway 53 through Main.

Grand marshals for the parade will be Mr. and Mrs. Cotton Hayes. Several local organizations, schools and churches are to be featured in the parade, as well as Miss Comanche.

“It’s to celebrate the exciting things happening in Comanche,” said Chamber of Commerce President Bruce Akins.

Judging of floats and fire trucks will begin at 6 p.m. First prize in both categories will be $200, second place will get $100 and third place will be awarded $50.

There are plenty of opportunities t catch a local parade on Saturday and the weather is expected to cooperate.

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