The annual Christmas parade is Thursday. Coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day, Safe Events For Families (SEFF) has chosen a patriotic theme for floats and entrants for the event.

The annual Christmas parade is Thursday.

Coinciding with Pearl Harbor Day, Safe Events For Families (SEFF) has chosen a patriotic theme for floats and entrants for the event.

SEFF encourages all veterans to join in the parade.

Those who can are asked to walk the five-block route. Those who cannot are invited to ride on one of the floats.

Small American flags will be provided for veterans to wave during the parade.

Veterans wishing to participate can do so by meeting on Main Street just west of Beard by 6:15 p.m. for the lineup.

Participating veterans are asked to show proof of service by bringing a copy of their DD214 or a driver's license with the veteran flag on it.

Parade entrants can begin lining up at 4:30 p.m.

Back to Main

The parade returns to Main Street — after a brief stint on Broadway last year while Streetscape was under construction. Along Main Street from Beard to Minnesota, several stages and performers will line the route so attendees can spread out and see the attractions better, Bolt said.

At 6 p.m., performers will begin entertaining the crowd:

• At Main and Broadway — Shoulda Been Blonde

• At Main and Bell — Life.Church

• At Main and Union — Waylon Sewell

• At Main and Philadelphia — Maxximum Overdrive

• At Main and Oklahoma — Crosswalk 316

Also, CAD Music is scheduled to be at The Gathering Place, 415 E. Main St.

The parade starts at 7 p.m.

Pre-parade

Jones Theatres, Inc. and KGFF Radio join for the 31st year to present the annual “Cans Film Festival,” a special movie showing before the Downtown Christmas parade to collect canned goods for the Salvation Army holiday food distribution.

The Hornbeck Theatre, 125 N. Bell, will present the PG-rated “Elf,” a Christmas comedy starring Will Ferrell.

Admission is two cans of non-perishable food per person up to the theater's 500-seat capacity.

Theater doors will open at 4 p.m.; the movie begins at 4:30 p.m.

“Elf” will end before 6:30 p.m., just in time for the parade, which begins at 7 p.m.