MOUNT VERNON — Ask most youngsters about Christmas and they will say their favorite part is all the new toys wrapped in shiny paper under the Christmas Tree. To build on that excitement, the Mount Vernon News, is thrilled to announce “March of the Toys” as this year’s Christmas parade theme.

“This is really going to be a fun parade,” said News Publisher Kay Culbertson. “Just remember back to your childhood and all the great toys that were under the tree — Raggedy Ann dolls, train sets, bicycles, model cars, board games, books, hula hoops, roller skates, Etch a Sketch, Cabbage Patch Kids, robots, stuffed animals, action figures, cars and trucks — it really was a fun and exciting time.”

Culbertson emphasized when determining a parade theme, it is important to make a selection that can be easily interpreted in parade entries.

“I can see walking entries dressed like dolls and action figures, I can see floats loaded with life-size versions of trains, a Rubik’s Cube or a doll house,” Culbertson said. “We are excited to see how the community uses their creativity to match the theme.”

The Christmas Parade and Walk will take place Sunday, Nov. 25, in downtown Mount Vernon, and is sponsored by Main Street Mount Vernon. The Christmas Walk begins at 1 p.m., and the afternoon’s activities end with Caroling for Christ at 5 p.m., on Public Square.

The Christmas Parade, organized by the News, at 18 E. Vine St., Mount Vernon, and online at

The organizing committee continues to plan a festive afternoon in downtown Mount Vernon that includes shopping, Santa and many family-friendly activities.

The Christmas Parade/Walk Auction will take place Thursday, Nov. 1, at Amato’s Woodfired Pizza, 668 N. Sandusky St., Mount Vernon, beginning at 6 p.m. The live auction provides an opportunity for businesses, organizations and individuals to sponsor parade categories. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Carrie Hyman, executive director MSMV, by calling 740-393-1481 or by email at


Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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