LEMOORE — Lemoore is on the road to a “super” holiday season.
The theme of this year’s annual holiday parade, scheduled for Saturday , is “A Very Super Christmas.” In addition to the holiday season’s usual superhero — Santa — will be joined by around 80 floats and parade entrants showing off their own super powers.
“The one-upsmanship [of the entrants] is part of what it makes it exciting,” Lemoore Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Amy Ward said.
The superhero theme was chosen due to the immense popularity of the caped crusaders due to recent movies like, “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Wonder Woman.” It’s that popularity that will also make it easy for parade entrants to come up with ways to decorate their vehicles, floats and costuming.
“It’s so easy to find superhero stuff,” Ward said.
Though no one at the Chamber of Commerce knows exactly what the decorative plans of parade entrants will be until the parade itself, Ward said she’s occasionally asked about the competition from those looking for a friendly rivalry-fueled head start.
“It’s great that this event brings so much interest out in people,” Ward said.
The superhero theme will play heavily into what the judges mark on their scorecards during the parade, Ward said. The winners of the multiple categories will receive a trophy and bragging rights for the year.
While the Valley has been experiencing storms and rain this week, WeatherAg.com, a Visalia-based weather service, foresees a relatively dry parade, albeit with clouds and dense fog possible.
“At this time, I’m not expecting much Valley rainfall,” meteorologist Scott Borgioli said in a release Thursday.
This news suits Ward just fine, though she said the community would brave a little drizzle if needs be.
“We’re rain or shine — unless it becomes dangerous,” she joked.
Barring a torrential downpour, the parade will go on.
Throughout the parade, the community will see many friendly neighborhood faces, including many members of the Lemoore City Council, who will be riding through on firetrucks, waving to the crowd.
Keller Motors will provide vehicles and drivers for parade VIPs including those honored at the beginning of the year at the chamber’s 60th annual Installation and Awards Banquet. Citizen of the Year Dr. Ernie Smith, non-profit organization God’s Bread Box, Youth Development Officer Jason Stephens and Dr. Terry O’Hare and his team at Kings Dental Group will all make a victory lap during the parade.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. and will travel through downtown on D Street. In preparation, road closures will begin downtown at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.lemoorechamberofcommerce.com or call 559-924-6401.