Entries sought for Macy's Parade of Lights

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Plan to sparkle in this year's Macy's Parade of Lights? There's a little paperwork to do first.

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is seeking entries for the 15th annual parade Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.

Everyone is invited to join as long as parade entries meet one requirement: they must be lighted. Past entries have included specially constructed floats, pickup trucks, farm equipment, horses and walkers.

Applications are available at the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation office, 2 S. First Ave., suite 300, above Coffee Perk or at the Destination Walla Walla information window on Main Street. They're also available at the foundation's website at www.downtownwallawalla.com . For more information, call the foundation at 529-8755.

The Downtown Walla Walla Foundation is also looking for folks with a knack for construction for the organization's fourth annual Gingerbread House Competition.

As in the past, businesses will compete in a Professional Division to help raise money for a cause. The masterpieces will be available for public viewing in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center starting Dec. 3. Visitors cast their vote for their favorite piece by donating money in a jar marked for each house. All the money will be donated to the Blue Mountain Community Foundation to fight homelessness in the Walla Walla Valley, according to an announcement.

A new addition to the competition this year is an Amateur Division. Marcus Whitman staff members will judge the entries, and the winner will receive dinner for two at The Marc.

Applications are due Nov. 24 and are available at the foundation office, in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman and at the Destination Walla Walla information window on Main Street. For more information call 529-8755.

To continue with the holiday theme, Santa Claus is gearing up for several appearances at Inland Octopus.

The Jolly Old Elf begins his annual visit to the Main Street toy store after the Macy's Parade of Lights, where he'll be riding on the final float. He'll stop by the store at 7 E. Main St. after the Dec. 4 parade to gather children's requests for Christmas. Afterward, he'll return to the store each Sunday through Christmas from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free pictures will be available via e-mail. For more details, call store owner Bob Catsiff at 526-0115.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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