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Pace Announces 2016 Santa Parade Theme


Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) is pleased to announce the theme of the 129th Annual Santa Claus Parade is “Fairy Tale Christmas. The parade, scheduled to step off at 10:15 a.m. on November 25, 2016, is the longest running holiday parade in the country. The parade features costumed characters, novelty walk­ing units, decorated floats, marching bands, and of course Santa Claus.

Costumes and floats depicting the parade theme “Fairy Tale Christmas” will compete for awards presented for the Best Nov­elty Unit, Best Overall Unit, Best New Entry, Best Commercial Float Entry, Best Non-Profit Float Entry, and Best Religious Float Entry.

New to the parade: The fun continues when Santa Claus arrives at the Caterpillar Visitors Center after the parade. Santa will pose for pictures on the product floor in front of a fully decorated Cat® motor grader – the perfect backdrop for your holiday photo. Learn more at

Applications are now available for entering the 2016 Santa Claus Parade and can be downloaded from the PACE website at www. Area businesses and organizations wishing to participate should contact PACE at 691-3553. All entries must be submitted by October 28th, 2016.

PACE contributes to the quality of life by involving the commu­nity in events that celebrate and reinforce pride in the Peoria area. In addition to the Santa Parade, PACE produces the Steamboat Festival, Brown Bag-It, Taste of Peoria, Labor Day Picnic & Pa­rade, and Yule Like Peoria.