Main Street, Chamber to co-host parade

By Kelly Ducote, The Observer November 01, 2013 11:46 am

La Grande Main Street and the Union County Chamber of Commerce will deck the halls this holiday season as they team up for the annual Christmas twilight parade.

For the first time the two organizations are teaming up to continue the traditional parade on the day after Thanksgiving.

Main Street board members had some concerns that they would not have the manpower to host the parade. Only two members from Main Street’s promotion committee are available Nov. 29 to help.

“I’ve had people calling to make sure it’s happening,” said Saira Siddiqui, La Grande Main Street’s coordinator. “We’re really excited to keep the tradition going.”

Chamber Director Kristen Dollarhide said she brought the idea of a joint parade to her board and had no naysayers.

“The day of the parade, that’s when we really come in because (Main Street) will have people out of town,” Dollarhide said.

La Grande Main Street revived the Christmas parade a few years ago, so officials were pleased to be able to join the Chamber of Commerce to keep it going.

Main Street Vice President Carolyn Thompson said the parade has been her baby and she didn’t want to see it disappear.

“It’s definitely something that’s important to our community, and to businesses because it brings families downtown,” said Thompson, who is also the regional circulation director for The Observer and Baker City Herald.

Between Main Street and the Chamber, organizers hope to have a full parade and even provide some food and hot beverages.

Main Street’s Siddiqui said she is also working to bring carolers and possibly a nativity scene setup, although the City of La Grande has told organizers that no animals will be allowed.

Anyone interested in participating in the parade or volunteering to help is asked to contact either the Chamber or Main Street office.

Organizers are excited to bring the joint parade to La Grande and hope it is just the beginning of working together.

“We hope to continue the collaboration to bring more amenities to the community,” Siddiqui said. “Growth always comes in regional packages.”

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