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City prepares for downtown parade

The Christmas season is now officially in full swing. Residents are out shopping, decorative lights are on display, and the city is gearing up for its annual holiday parade.

Selma’s Downtown Holiday Parade, set to begin at 9 a.m. this Saturday, should be an enjoyable and family-friendly event for all those who attend.

Centre for Commerce’s Tina Price said today is the last day groups or organizations can sign up for participation in the parade. The cost is $5 per horse or per marching unit, Price said, and $15 per vehicle.

Over 90 different organizations and clubs, many of them from other cities, are expected to be in the parade.

Some of those involved in the parade include several horseback riders and even a Volkswagen car club from Montgomery.

Price said those participating in the parade need to meet at the corner of Washington Street and Furniss Avenue no later than 8:30 a.m. to line-up and get their numbers.

The route begins at the corner of Washington Street and runs to the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It will then continue straight down Broad Street and end back at Furniss Avenue.

Along with the parade downtown, there are also plenty of other holiday activities planned throughout this same day.

Selma’s Progressive Culture Club Inc. is hosting their own Holiday Parade of Homes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A $10 donation includes a tour of the Centre for Commerce, Tabernacle Baptist Church, the Ronnie Harrison Home and the R.L. and D. Lee Home.

The Parade of Homes will continue until Sunday with the Vaughan Smitherman Museum, Avon House and the Ronnie Harrsion Home.

The Progressive Culture Center is located at 15 Union St.

For tickets and more information about any of these upcoming events, Price can be contacted at 875-7241.