This year's Christmas parade is a go in Carmi.

Kelly Northcutt, Director of the Carmi Chamber of Commerce addressed City Council last Tuesday evening, confirming the parade is set for Saturday, Nov. 28. Parade lineup will be at the First Baptist Church parking lot at 5 p.m. on Nov. 28. The parade will go first to Cherry Street, then to Main Cross onto Robinson Street and will end at Santa's House which will be located this year in the city's new downtown park next to the old theater. 

While Santa will be in his house the evening of the parade, there will be some changes due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Organizers say Santa will be out on his front steps to greet children and will pass out treats to kids through a chute. Plans are also in the works to erect a Christmas tree at the park as well.

Work on installing playground equipment at the new park is nearly done, far ahead of when city officials expected. Funds to buy the equipment came from a grant along with a generous donation from the organization - “We Love White County.” Weather permitting, Sharp's Construction will arrive this week to install the stone wall around the front section of the park in preparation for the ordering of a wrought iron fence. 

The next meeting of the Carmi City Council has been moved to Monday evening, Nov. 2 because the scheduled date falls on Election Day, Nov. 3. The council will meet at its normal 5:30 p.m. start time.

For the rest of the story, check out this week's Chronicle.