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Twilight parade: Its Jingle Bell Rock time in Manteca

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POSTED November 8, 2009 2:54 a.m.

Get ready for some Jingle Bell Rock, Manteca-style.

Jingle Bell Rock is the theme of the 27th annual Manteca Chamber of Commerce twilight holiday parade being staged Saturday.

There are already more than 70 entries including every Manteca Unified School District school bands. Entries are limited to 120.

Chamber Chief Executive Officer Debby Moorhead said the parade marshal this year will be the South San Joaquin Irrigation District in recognition of the agency’s century of servcie to Manteca, Ripon, and Escalon.

There are seven general categories with sub categories of which entries will be judged for trophies and ribbons. The general categories are floats, musical units, twirling, visual/marching, horses, automobiles, and novelty/miscellaneous.

All entries must have lights. No throwing of objects, including candy, is allowed along the route.

The parade typically attracts 7,000 plus spectators along Yosemite Avenue between Library Park and Garfield Avenue by Manteca High.

The parade is the traditional kick-off for the Christmas season in Manteca. Santa brings up the rear riding a Manteca Fire Department engine. Entry forms are available at the Manteca Chamber of Commerce office, 821 W. Yosemite Ave.

You can obtain more information by calling 823-6121.

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