The 14th annual Archbold Parade of Lights has added 16 entries since last week.
The parade, which begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 23, has 38 entries, six shy of last year’s 44.
Julie Brink, director of the Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce, said in the past, parade entries have often shown up at the staging area (the ConAgra parking lot) unannounced, and have been allowed to participate.
“We could be pleasantly surprised,” she said.
A returning entry is the Brush Creek Sales & Rental portable toilet.
Decorated with lights and mounted on a zero-turn radius lawn mower chassis, the plastic outhouse dances and spins, dashing to and fro along the parade route.
Since it was first entered in 2007, it’s been a crowd favorite.
Brink said there are some new names on the entry list, but they didn’t include any information about their floats.
So there could be some surprises.
Joining the parade again this year is the Archbold High School marching band. Another returning musical entry is the Northwesternaires, a group that sings in barbershop harmony.
Brink said she’s been out in the community, visiting area businesses and dropping off entry forms seeking entries for the parade.
Preparations are well underway.
“So many people have done this for so many years, all do their jobs well,” she said.
The parade route remains the same, and offers plenty of viewing opportunities.
It forms at the ConAgra parking lot. Floats travel east down Stryker Street to North Defiance Street.
The parade then turns north on North Defiance Street. It proceeds to Walnut Street and makes its second turn, to go west.
It goes west to La Choy Drive, then turns south back to the ConAgra lot.
Floats carrying children should drop them off at the Westfield Medical Center.
After Archbold began the Parade of Lights, other communities started putting on their own lights parades, including Wauseon, Delta, and Bryan.
She’s used that fact to try to recruit more entries.
“I tell people, ‘If you put together a float, you can use it in more than one parade!’”