GIBSON CITY — Organizers of the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce's 16th annual Lighted Christmas Parade hope for more cooperative weather this weekend.
Because of the threat of rain last weekend, the parade in downtown Gibson City was postponed until 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.
"Most everybody's reaction was it was a good call, due to the fact we had numerous floats that had electronics involved — as far as projectors or radios and stereo systems — which couldn't be out in the weather," said Eric Rosenbaum, co-chairman of the seven-member committee organizing the event.
Organizers made the call to postpone the parade at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon, about three hours before lineup.
As of last week, about 25 entries were registered for the parade, which averages about 35. Entries will be accepted until registration ends just prior to lineup on Saturday.
"The only question mark we have (for the parade this weekend) is basically people who had parade entries, are they going to be available this weekend?" Rosenbaum said. "So that's up in the air."
If the weather does not cooperate this weekend, Rosenbaum said, organizers will need to make a decision on whether to postpone the parade again or cancel it.
The parade's theme is "Lights, Camera, Action ... Christmas!" The parade will step off heading west on First Street before heading north on Sangamon Avenue to Tenth Street, where it will disband.
Santa Claus will be on hand at the end of the parade.
One overall parade entrant will receive a $200 prize, and the winner in each of seven categories will receive a $75 prize. Entry forms can be submitted to Moyer District Library, 618 S. Sangamon Ave., or The Fashion Shop, 206 N. Sangamon Ave., or faxed to 784-5812.