The Los Banos Chamber of Commerce is taking entries for the 26th Downtown Christmas Parade through Monday.
The parade draws hundreds of people every year to watch the cavalcade of floats, marchers and riders on horseback as they venture north on Sixth Street. This year's theme is "Spirit of Christmas in Lights."
"It's an excellent community activity," Chamber of Commerce President Duane Brehm said. "Every year, we get new entries and a larger crowd."
Brehm said children enjoy the parade, and the event kicks off the Christmas season in Los Banos.
John Whala, executive director of the chamber, said he expects the parade to include at least as many, if not more, entrants as in 2010.
The parade was made up of 53 last year.
"Everybody waits to the last minute to get their application in," Whala said. "We have very few in at this time, but a lot of applications have gone out and we're expecting a lot back."
The chamber used money acquired last year from the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to decorate the downtown's trees and light posts.
Whala said the chamber is working to purchase additional lights through its recycling program. The program recycles old Christmas lights, and drop-off locations include the chamber office and City Hall, both on J Street.
Food vendors will be in full effect again this year, Whala said, while there will be two parade announcers -- one at J Street and one at Henry Miller Plaza.
The plaza is also home to the award ceremony that always follows the parade.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enterprise reporter Thaddeus Miller can be reached at (209) 388-6562 or by email at tmiller@losbanos enterprise.com.