The annual Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Shawnee.

The annual Downtown Shawnee Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Shawnee.

The parade will run along its normal route down Main Street, starting at Beard Street and Main and ending at the depot.

Shawnee Community Development Director Justin Erickson said the grandstands will be located at Main Street and Bell Street where the announcer will be located.

Erickson said there are about 80 entries in the parade ranging from traditional floats to marching bands and dance teams.

“It’s just a little bit of everything,” he said.

Every year the parade has a Grand Marshal and a theme. This year’s Grand Marshal is an organization rather than an individual. Erickson said the Grand Marshal for the parade this year is the Shawnee Public Library, which was organized in 1901 with 100 books that moved from home office to home office until the Carnegie Library was build in Woodland Park in 1905. In 1976, Shawnee Public Library joined the Pioneer Multicounty Library System to expand resources to Shawnee citizens.

“We thought that was a good thing to celebrate considering this year’s theme which is Celebrating Shawnee Heritage,” he said.

Erickson said judges Mike McCormick, Mayor Wes Mainord and Judge John Gardner will judge the parade entries.

Erickson said there are six prizes with two winners in each category. The categories include best of show, best use of theme and best performance.

The main sponsor of the parade is White’s Ace Building Center, along with other sponsors including Sonic, Sips and Shawnee Outlook, Erickson said.

Preceding the parade, the 27th Annual “Cans Film Festival” will be held. Jones Theatres, Inc. and 10450 AM Kool Gold KGFF Radio host the annual event which includes a special movie showing before the downtown Christmas parade to collect canned goods for the Salvation Army holiday food distribution.

Each year the theater hosts the event with KGFF to boost the Salvation Army holiday food collections and provide another event to draw people downtown before the parade.

The Hornbeck Theatre, located at 125 N. Bell, will host the event with a showing of “Despicable Me 2”. Admission to the movie is two cans of non-perishable food per person up to the theater’s 500 seat capacity.

Doors to the theater will open at 3:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at 4:15 p.m. The movie is expected to be over by 6 p.m. in time for the parade to begin.