PARIS, Mo. -- The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas Is Caring parade Thursday, Dec. 7, in downtown Paris.
The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. The theme is "The Magic of Christmas."
Entries in the parade will begin lining up at 4:30 p.m. along Washington Street. First-place and second-place prizes will be awarded for floats and nonfloat entries.
Anyone who wants to enter the parade should call the chamber office at 660-327-4450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chamber officials said all proceeds from the parade and a series of other events will be split equally between the chamber and the Christmas Is Caring campaign, which helps children and needy families in Monroe County during the holiday season.
Last year, the campaign provided Christmas presents and clothing to 72 children along with food to 65 families.
In conjunction with the parade, a soup-and-sandwich supper will be held at the Paris Senior Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, with free admission for kids 5 and under.
A silent auction will be held during the dinner, ending at 7 p.m., with half the proceeds going to Christmas Is Caring.
After the parade, children will be able to meet Santa Claus and receive a goodie bag during an event from 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of the Monroe County Courthouse.
Children in kindergarten through second grade will be able to enter a contest to guess how many lights are on the courthouse. Prizes will be awarded to the top two guessers.
In addition, the Monroe County Eager Beaver 4-H Club will hold a walk-through live Nativity scene that evening.
Two other contests are being held in connection with the holiday festivities. The chamber is accepting entries for a "best-dressed" porch or yard that best represents the spirit of the "Magic of Christmas" theme. It also is seeking entries for a similar contest recognizing the best window or storefront along Main Street.
More details are available on the chamber's web site, parismochamber.com.