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|Pat Taylor Memorial Chirstmas Parade
Nov. 21. 2002
ADA--While Santa is gearing up for Christmas, a pre-show of sorts will take place on Dec. 5 in Ada when the Pat Taylor Memorial Christmas Parade kicks off at 7 p.m., starting at the west end of Main Street.
This year's parade is being organized by local radio station KYKC 100.1 FM, Continuous Hit Country, with the help of local businessess and community volunteers in memory of Patricia "Pat" Taylor.
Pat Taylor is well known to Ada residents and the business community because of two aspects in her life. First, the Curiosity Shop on Main Street, a year round Christmas and collectibles store and second, her splendid Christmas displays her family constructed at their home in Dear Creek Estates that received hundreds of drive-by visitors during the holidays each year.
"Since the ideas was suggested to organize and name this year's parade in memory of Pat Taylor, we've had nothing but overwhelming support," said Mike Hall, KYKC station manager.
The parade theme is "Christmas Nostalgia -- Looking Back, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s." There are four categories for judging: Float, Band, Walking Group, and Horse Group. First place in each category is $200, second place $100. All parade entries will be entered into a grand prize drawing for $500.
"We think the parade will be a huge success, we have a record number of entries, at least two marching bands confirmed and the horse group was added as a new group being judged. It's an exciting line-up with pre-parade activities you'll not want to miss," said Kay Hall, parade chairperson.
There's a variety of new pre-parade activities with a special visit by 17-year-old Yvonne Badillo, Miss National Teen Ambassador 2003 from Oklahoma City who received this title last month at the national Ms. Belleza Latina Pageant in Chicago. The public is invited to meet Miss Nat'l Teen Ambassador Yvonne Badillo at a reception at Gem Jewelers, 101. W. Main, between 5-6 p.m. Earlier in the day, Ms. Badillo will be visiting a local school in the Ada area.
This year's Christmas Parade Marshall is Paul Bouchereau, a veternan weather meteorologist and storm chaser. Bouchereau owns the Oklahoma Weather Network that issues severe weather coverage to the radio markets across Oklahoma. He's also known for his weather forecasting in the broadcast market at KWTV Channel 9, Oklahoma City.
Tony Gibson, pre-parade committee chair said, "If you want to feel like a kid again, don't miss all the fun beginnings with a reception for Paul Bouchereau and Yvonne Badillo at Gem Gewelers. Santa is coming to town for kids like me and you.
Parade spectators will enjoy a number of pre-parade activities such as ChristmasCarolers by the Willard Honor Choir and popcorn and hot chocolate sold by Ada area stduents raising money for a Start Quest trip to Florida.
"Let I Sow, Let It Snow" will happen between 6--6:30 p.m. as a flood of paper snowlfakes sprinkle the crowd aslong the parade route delivering a special holiday shopping discount offered by various Ada merchants. This event coordianted by Paradigm Realty.
Dress up the family dog and enter the "it's a Cute Pooch" contest. Doggie contestants wil meet at teh parade line-up for judging with a first, second and third place awards made prior to the parade. The dog group will also be part of the parade as one entry.
Santa Pictures--prior to the parade kids can have their pictures taken with Santa Clause at Whimsical Heart, 208 W. Main. It's free!
Christmas Decortaing Contest 2002. Ada businesses wishing to enter this contest will be judged for window and interior Christmas decorating. Frist place $100, second place, $50. Grand Prize winner received a trophy and a trip to Las VEgas, courtesty of KYKC and parade sponsors. Judging will take place Dec. 5. To enter call Tony Gibson, 580-436-9305.