Organizers in Sacramento and Livermore are hoping for clear skies in McLean County this weekend for the final two installments of the county's Christmas parade series.

Parade-goers are invited to Sacramento at 10 a.m. Saturday for the city's annual holiday-themed parade. A sizable crowd is expected on Main Street (Kentucky 81) that morning between the Marie Gatton Phillips-Sacramento Elementary School and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church to watch fire trucks, floats and the McLean County High School marching band, among others, as they lead the community in carols and Christmas cheer.

The straight parade route is open to anyone, but those interested in participated should check in with the Sacramento Lions Club, which is organizing the event, by 9 a.m. at the elementary school.

Organizer Judy Walker says she is hoping for the same clear weather from last weekend that made the Calhoun and Island parades successful. Following the parade, she said, everyone is invited to the Lions Club clubhouse on Kentucky 85 north of town for hot chocolate and doughnuts. There, she said, the club will award first second, third and fourth-place awards to the best floats. The high school ROTC and marching band, among others, will also receive awards.

For those hoping to finish off the parade circuit this weekend, the annual Livermore lighted parade starts at 5 p.m. Saturday downtown. This parade, too, is open to anyone interested, but organizer Sonny Renfrow said the there is one requirement.

"Your unit has to be lit," he said. "So, if you've got Christmas lights strung around, you're set to go."

The parade will begin at Livermore Elementary School and go south on Main Street to Hill Street and cross in front of the library and then back up Hill Street, before circling back to the school on Eighth Street. Those who come to watch the parade are urged to be mindful of large trucks if they are parking to watch the parade. Last year, Renfrow said, some parts of the parade route were partly blocked by parked cars.

Renfrow said the Livermore Lions Club, which is sponsoring the event, is bringing the golf cart parade back this year. Last year, he said, was the first year golf carts adorned in Christmas lights made their parade debut, and it was a big success.

Monetary awards will be given to the top five floats and the top three golf carts this year, Renfrow said.

"This is a nice, festive way to celebrate all the things that come along with the holiday season," he said. "it's a way for the Lions Club to say 'Merry Christmas.'"

Calhoun, Island parades successful, organizers say

Calhoun and Island held their annual Christmas parades Saturday in what organizers called perfect weather.

Crowds lined Main Street in Calhoun for more than an hour before the parade kicked off in the early afternoon. Santa and several life-sized Disney characters largely stole the show and stuck around in a courthouse lobby decked out from floor-to-ceiling in holiday decorations.

In Island, parade goers braved the chilly night air for a few minutes to watch the lit parade before heading to the Southeastern County Fire Department in town for a large community chili supper. Proceeds from the summer Wooden Bridge Festival went toward the free event.

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