Gather your business, club, talent, grass roots group, friends and family to join the festivities of the 37th Annual Lake Area Christmas Parade.
The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm. Line-up starts at 11:30 a.m. at the junction of HH & Bagnell Dam Boulevard.
Entries line up on 242 in the order they arrive. Judging of entries occurs before parade during line-up. Promptly at 1:00 the Maine Corp League Honor Guard leads the parade turning right on the Boulevard and proceeding down to Bagnell Dam.
Floats, boats, bands, cars, trucks, bikes, queens, celebrities, Shriners, firetrucks, marchers, twirlers, clubs, scouts, horses and more are anticipated to fill the ranks to make this a parade to remember. Entries forms are downloadable in the header above.
Parade Grand Marshal - Read full press release
The Parade Grand Marshal will be Tennyson A. DeGraffenreid. His ties to Lake Ozark and the Bagnell Dam are many. A 1939 School of the Osage graduate, T.A holds claim as the oldest living alumni, born February 14, 1921. His grandfather and father worked on the crew building the dam (for 35 cents an hour). At the age of ten, Tennyson’s aunts Oma and Noma drove the first vehicle across the Bagnell Dam on its opening day May 31, 1931. He was to be in the back seat, but they left without him.
DeGraffenreid, with a lifelong fondness for steam and diesel engines and their workings, retired after a thirty-three year career with Union Electric as Supervisor of the Control Room of the Bagnell Dam operation. Alongside his career and with one brother John, DeGraffenreid owned the historic White House and several other buildings along Bagnell Dam Boulevard. The DeGraffenreid brothers sold their investment property the spring of 2013, before John died that November.
1st Place winner in each category (Business, Civic Organizations, Youth Groups which includes K-12 & Church Entries) will receive $100 award.
Best depiction of theme winner will receive a $200 award.
No full Santa costumes. Hats are okay.
Santa Claus arrives in Lake of the Ozark’s style. The parade finale. Pulled by his reindeer Santa’s ride is a beautiful Red Sleigh with over 2,000 lights, garland, music and Santa helpers. The sleigh was designed and built by Steve Lemens and his late wife Pat, who embarked on this labor of love for the joy of children at Christmas time. Many contributed to the original project. A special thanks to Steve Lemens, Brian and Angie Schuster, Summerset Boat Lifts and Big Thunder Marina for continuing this tradition.
Bring the whole family and join us immediately after the Parade at Luby’s Plaza where Santa will greet all the kids on Luby’s Stage with gifts for each. Enjoy the Sweets Table and Holiday Cheer!!
For parade questions e-mail Rickie Smith firstname.lastname@example.org, 573-434-3552 or Lagina Fitzpatrick email@example.com, 573-348-0111.