Safe Events For Families (SEFF) member Ed Bolt said the annual Shawnee Christmas parade is set to get started around 6 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 5).
SEFF has chosen a Winter Wonderland theme for floats and entrants for the event this year.
The parade is set to travel along Main Street from Beard to Minnesota, and six stages and performers will line the route so attendees can spread out and see the attractions better, Bolt said.
Performers will start at 6 p.m. as the crowd awaits the beginning of the parade; and as it reaches each of the six stages along the route on Main, those at the stations will become parade emcees.
In a twist from tradition, a new attraction is set to actually occur after Santa has made his appearance at the end of the parade. Once the floats are off the route, residents will be encouraged to stick round and gather onto Main Street to watch a music-backed fireworks display.
SEFF's Ed Bolt said the production should be a fun addition to the event.
ARC Pyrotechnics Inc. (API) is going to put on the show, he said.
“The new tech they use can't catch stuff on fire,” he added.
According to the company's website, at arcpyro.com, API's close proximity and indoor product puts off little to no smoke and requires virtually zero safety distance.
These features allow API to create stunning visual effects without worrying about smoking out the audience, the site reads.
Some of its clients are the Oklahoma City Ballet, the Oklahoma State University Athletics Department and Kingfisher's Christmas parade last year.