The city said the application deadline for the annual Downtown Merced Holiday Parade has been extended to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. The parade will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, on Main Street from G to N street.
"Sand, Surf & Santa" is the theme of the parade. However, floats can be decorated any way the designers desire, including with religious motifs, tropical settings or even with a Merced snow scene.
Besides the parade, there will be a 1 p.m. dedication of the fountain in Bob Hart Square to Susie Rossi, the woman who revived the annual December parade. After the parade will be the annual tree-lighting ceremony in Bob Hart Square with carolers, cookies, hot chocolate and other festivities.
There will be craft vendors, a variety of foods and other fun activities on Canal Street in front of Bob Hart Square starting at 11 a.m. Call Maria Mendoza at (209) 385-6827 for food and craft vendor applications.
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Applications for floats are available online at the city’s homepage, cityofmerced.org, under Public Information. They also can be obtained by calling the California Welcome Center at (209) 724-8104 or by dropping by the Parks and Community Services office, 690 W. 16th St., Merced.