Rudolph's red nose wasn't necessary since the weather was mild and clear as Safe Event For Families (SEFF) volunteers manned Shawnee’s annual Christmas parade Thursday night.

Rudolph's red nose wasn't necessary since the weather was mild and clear as Safe Event For Families (SEFF) volunteers manned Shawnee’s annual Christmas parade Thursday night.

In his stead, Pleasant Grove third-grader Alivia Grass kept Santa company in his sleigh as they rode down the street.

The six-block trek literally took a turn this year, as Streetscape construction is still finishing up along Main Street.

SEFF's Ed Bolt said, though they could have made much of the traditional route down Main Street work, it was decided that the safest and smartest thing to do would be to leave the east end of downtown alone entirely, as crews finish the project.

As luck would have it, Broadway makes good on its name.

“Broadway is nice and wide,” Bolt said, making the backup route an easy alternative.

SEFF and the City of Shawnee managed to iron out final plans for the parade route just a week or two ago, Bolt said. The route began at Main Street and Broadway and moved north to Highland, where floats and marchers turned east to finish at Union Street.

The route worked its way around much of Woodland Veterans Park — which offered lots of space for parade-goers to gather.

Many area residents jumpstarted festivities by attending the annual KGFF-Jones Theatres Cans Film Festival downtown, for a special viewing of “Home Alone,” at the Carmike Hornbeck & Penthouse Twin. The show let out just before the parade.

Admission for one person was a donation of two canned goods, which were collected for the Salvation Army.

Thanks to main sponsor Vyve, SEFF presented “Christmas Under the Stars,” this year’s theme for the parade.

This year, SEFF President Dell Kerbs said 134 entries registered to be in the parade — businesses, bands, dance troupes and antique cars, horses and tractors, among others.

Parade watchers lined Broadway for several blocks.

“It was a beautiful night; we had a great crowd,” Kerbs said.

He said three of the floats this year were more than 70 feet long.

This year, Mills Machine held the distinction of being Grand Marshal.

The four trophy winners –– President’s Trophy, Mayor’s Trophy, Grand Marshal’s Trophy and Best Overall — were marked with banners:

• President's Trophy was awarded to the Shawnee Square 8's square dancers

• Mayor's Trophy was received by Shawnee's Future Farmers of America (FFA)

• Grand Marshal Trophy winner was Blackburn Chapel

• Best Overall Trophy went to C3 Cross Connection Church

“Not having a reviewing stand, where floats would have to stop in front of judges, helped keep the parade moving without long gaps or delays,” Bolt said.

You can reach Vicky O. Misa at (405) 214-3962.