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Twilight Christmas Parade Friday

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This Friday, November 29 at 5:30 p.m., Duneland children and their families will be treated to Chestertonís annual Twilight Christmas Parade, a nighttime celebration to kick-off the Duneland communityís Hometown Holiday Celebration.

The parade will step off from Chesterton Middle School promptly at 5:30 p.m., and head north on 6th St., then east through the downtown Chesterton on Broadway and Calumet Ave.

All manner of decorated vehicles have signed up to take part in this yearís Twilight Parade - from antique tractors to vintage hot rods to a retinue of fire engines from the Burns Harbor and Chesterton Fire Departments.

Dunelandís service organizations will be out in force, with participants from Brownie, Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, Chesterton United Methodist Church, the Chesterton Lionís Club, and the Discovery Charter School and Field Station Cooperative.

Staff from the Dairy Queen on Broadway will hand out coupons to those watching the parade, while the South Shore Roller Girls will energize the route. Music will be provided by the Chesterton High School Pep Band, EPIC Limo, Road to Life Church and Fairhaven Baptist Church. And finally, Santa Claus himself will make an appearance before he takes up residence in his Duneland House on Broadway in Thomas Centennial Park.

Due to lowered visibility during a nighttime parade, all participants should keep a sharp eye out for small children. Parents are asked to keep tabs on their children at all times.

Participants in the parade are to refrain from throwing candy to the crowd, given the fact that errant pieces could attract small children towards moving vehicles.

The parade lineup has been established, and those with questions should call the Duneland Chamber of Commerce at 219-926-5513.

Lineup will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the CMS parking lot. Participants should enter the lot from Porter Ave., beside the Westchester History Museum. There is extremely limited parking in the lineup area, so carpooling/coordinated drop-offs are strongly encouraged.

Before and After

Fridayís Twilight Christmas Parade will be bookended with free carriage rides through downtown Chesterton, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29, and visits with Santa for the kids, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday.

Carriage rides will be provided by Buggies and Things, sponsored by Chestertonís Mistletoe Market. Those wishing to experience a delightful ride should line up in the Chamber parking lot at 220 Broadway, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Due to time and space limitations, tickets will be given to the first 20 families in line, and additional rides will be given, as time permits, prior to the start of the parade.

After the parade, Santa Claus will be receiving visitors in his Duneland house on Broadway in Thomas Centennial Park from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Children may also visit Santa every Saturday through Dec. 21, from 10:00 a.m. - Noon and from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Walgreens will be on hand, taking photos of children with Santa, and will provide one free photograph per child on each Saturday in December from 10:00 a.m. - Noon.



Posted 11/27/2013