Floats wanted for Holiday Treasure Express parade

The second annual Holiday Treasure Express, a community-wide holiday celebration and “shop local” campaign, makes its return this year with a brand new twist. A major parade up Margaretville’s Main Street, with bands, floats, antique cars, and lots of other surprises has been scheduled for November 29 (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) to kick off the season-long event.
The parade, which will form at the school and end at the pavilion on the Margaretville Village field, will lead into a community business showcase, holiday tree-lighting ceremony and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Carolers will be on hand throughout the festivities. The event is expected to attract a substantial crowd, reminiscent of those that lined Main Street Margaretville to watch holiday parades in the 1960s.
Local businesses and organizations are being invited to create floats with a maximum size of 25 feet in length, 11 feet in height and 8 feet in width. A maximum of 12 floats will be accepted and registrations will be taken on a first come, first served basis only until October 17. Each of the 12 floats will be in competition for “best in show” honors and the top three finishers will receive trophies.
Floats entered in the parade may have seasonal or current arts or culture themes appropriate to family audiences. Float designers are encouraged to “go green” and use recycled materials in their construction. There is no fee to enter a float, which may be pulled by vehicles, animals or people, but all organizations entering will be asked to provide certificates of liability insurance.
“We’ve been working on this year’s program ever since last year’s event ended,” said Lauren Quarltere, “and we’re really excited about the addition of this parade event.” Quarltere noted that as word leaked out about parade plans, a number of local businesses and organizations expressed interest in entering floats. “We don’t expect to rival the Macy’s or Rose Bowl parades in our first year,” she added, “but with the interest we’ve had, I think it’s fair to say we’re going to have some fierce competition out there.”
More information on the parade and applications for entering a float are available by calling Quarltere at 607 326-4282. Applications may be picked up in person at Quarltere’s Garden and Market Place on Rte. 30 or at the MARK Group office in Margaretville.
Businesses interested in participating in the Holiday Treasure Express shopping passport and the holiday bazaar after the parade should contact Gretchen Balcom at 586-3698.