Utah's second largest city will usher in the holiday season with its annual Christmas parade Friday, Nov. 23.
Mickey Mouse will be parade grandmaster this year, leading the way in a horse-drawn carriage and accompanied by Minnie and Goofy. Santa Claus, in his own special carriage, will bring up the rear.Between them will be more than 60 bands, dance troupes and floats, including Taylorsville High School's 150-member choir, 100 rope-skippers from Sandburg Elementary, and 125 singers from the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Group and Children's Organ Transplant Association.
Also participating will be 150 dancers from the Klassix Dance Studio, 75 dancers from Becky's School of Dance, Shriners Klunkers cars, the Kennedy Junior High Band, West Jordan Community Baton Twirlers, Freddy from Fred Meyer, KJQ-FM, and numerous other marchers, carolers and commercial floats.
The parade route begins at Granger High, 3500 S. 3600 West, travels east along 3500 South to Market Street and then into Valley Fair Mall.
Volunteers at four sound stations along the route will describe the activities. The stations will be located at Lancer Way and Market Street, and at 2950 West, 3544 West, and 3200 West along 3500 South.
Awards will be presented at the mall for best float, commercial entry, drill-dance team, car, equestrian entry, band, clown and musical group. Parade chairman is Russ Sanderson.