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The Clarinda 26th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will be Friday, November 23 beginning at 6 p.m. on the downtown square. Co-sponsored by the Clarinda Kiwanis Club and the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce the theme is “A Country Christmas”.

This event became a tradition in 1993, two years after the Dec. 11, 1991 fire at the Page County Courthouse in Clarinda. Emphasis has remained on thanking the area fire departments for their role in stemming the blaze. Fire trucks are given a place of honor following the color guard and Santa Claus in his sleigh. After the parade, Santa will be in his house located on the Courthouse lawn to meet with children.

The Clarinda Kiwanis Club and the Clarinda Chamber invite area businesses, industries, organizations, churches and individuals to participate by entering a float or even a group of carolers. The parade line up will take place at 13th and Main starting at 4:30 p.m. The parade route begins at 13th and Washington, proceeds west on Washington Street around the Clarinda downtown square and finishes south on 15th Street to Grant Street.

Awards presented include The Kiwanis President’s Award for the best overall float; Best Display of Lights Award; the Best Theme Award and the Holiday Spirit Award. The snow/rain date will be Saturday, November 24 at 6 p.m.

Picture by: Artistic Images by Heather Marsh

The Clarinda Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the Christmas Tour of Homes. The tours take place on Saturday, December 1 from 1-5 p.m. and Sunday, December 2 from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. To purchase tickets in advance, they will be sold at the Clarinda Chamber office, Easter’s True Value, Garrison Coffee House, and Taylor Pharmacy.

Tour locations include:

– 502 West Walnut Street (James & Jennifer Fine)

– 205 Chickasaw Road (Josh & Ashley Dow)

– 821 West State Street (John & Mary Claire Hunter)

– 120 West Willow Street (Larry & Shira Bridie)

Attendees can start at any home they choose and directional signs will be placed around Clarinda for easier travel to the homes.

Contact the Clarinda Chamber at (712) 542-2166 or visit www.clarinda.org for more information.