One Monday December 4, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce will be put on one of the largest Christmas parades in the area with this year’s theme being “One Can Make a Difference”.

“We want people to come out and have a great time,” said Chamber Director Tanya Taylor. “We want them to make memories. There are going to be lots of opportunities for everyone to take some wonderful family photos and enjoy lots of little events before the parade.”

This year the parade will be focusing on collecting canned goods for local food banks as well as for the three blessing boxes around the city. The blessing boxes are located at the Presbyterian Church, the Methodist Church and at the Speed-E-Mart.

The Greenwood Chamber and the City of Greenwood are teaming up on a float that will collect the cans of food along the parade route.

Entry into the parade is free, however, the Chamber is requesting that each participant donate a case of canned food consisting of at least 12 cans.

Last year the Chamber collected winter coats as their theme.

The parade is always a colorful event with spectators and floats from all over the area. Cash awards for best themed float, best antique car/truck, best use of lights, true meaning of Christmas and an overall float winner.

Before the start of the parade the Chamber hosts their annual “Bean Feed” outside of their offices located on Town Square at 5:30. The pre-parade meal consists of beans, cornbread, cookies hot apple cider and hot chocolate. Police, fire and ems are invited to come to the Chamber at 5 pm to eat inside before the start of the parade.

There will be music, food and more leading up to the start of the parade at 7 pm. The Santa House will be open before and after the parade and is a good opportunity for kids to visit St. Nick and have their pictures taken (bring your own camera).

According to the Chamber there is still plenty of room for more floats in this year’s parade. To enter or for more information contact Tanya Taylor at 996-6357.