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Lathrop plans annual Christmas procession
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Manteca parade deadline today

Today at 5 p.m. is the deadline to enter the Manteca Chamber of Commerce Twilight Christmas parade which takes place in downtown Manteca on Yosemite Avenue on Saturday, Dec. 4, starting at 5 p.m.

The theme this year is “Let it Snow.” Entry fees are $50.

For more information contact the chamber at 823-6121.

LATHROP – More than 50 entries are expected to take part in the annual Christmas parade in Lathrop to be held Saturday, Dec. 11.

Leading the parade this year will be Grand Marshalls Jaime and Toni Hernandez, two of Lathrop’s dedicated volunteers. Jaime Hernandez is the founder and president of the Lathrop Titans, the city’s youth football program. He was also most recently nominated as a city Planning Commissioner. He and his wife are also active in many other community projects and service clubs.

“Joys of Holiday Toys” is the theme of the parade this year. It will begin at 11 a.m. at Fifth Street and Thomsen Road next to the Lathrop School Elementary campus. From this staging area, parade participants will proceed west on Thomsen Road to Cambridge Drive, turn right on Cambridge going north to J Street, then another right on J Street going east to Fifth Street. The judges’ review stand will be located in front of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District station on J Street.

The parade will end at Fifth and J Streets. Awards to the winning parade participants will be presented inside the Scott Brooks Gym of the Community Center at Valverde Park. The award presentations will be held immediately after the parade.

Entry fee for parade participants is $20.

The streets affected by the parade route will be temporarily closed. “No Parking,” “Detour Ahead,” and “Road Closed Ahead” will be placed at intersections where the parade will process.

The parade route this year slightly differs from the one held last year when it went a block farther south to O Street on Fifth Street.

Chairman and vice chairman of the Mayor’s Holiday Parade Committee this year are Arnita Montiel and husband Jim, respectively. The other committee members are Anna Candelaria, Vada Klingman, Kenneth Mullins, Nellie Zavala and Vice Mayor Martha Salcedo. City staff helping in the staging of the parade are city recreation supervisor Moe Iorio, Battalion Chief Don Jones of the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District, and Lathrop Police Services community liaison, Deputy Andrea Lopez.

The fire district will again take part in the parade as they have done in previous years by having a unit temporarily placed out of service to carry Santa Claus at the rear of the parade. In-service vehicles likewise will be in the same place so they are able to respond to service calls.

The Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors (S.T.A.R.S.), for 17 years in a row, will be helping with the street closures the day of the parade.

For more information about the parade, and for additional details on how to take part in the parade, call (209) 941-7360.

Except for the staff time involved, no city funds will be used in the street closures. The $1,000 budget for this parade event came from donations.