DENVER – Doris Johnson already knows what the weather is going to be like Dec. 1. It’s going to be cold with highs in the 40s, she said, but it doesn’t look like rain.
Johnson, who has organized the Denver Christmas Parade for four years, has been working with a committee since January to plan the East Lincoln Betterment Association Christmas events. But if the weather doesn’t hold out on the designated first Saturday in December, there isn’t a second shot.
“Every year we have greater participation, but it’s a lot to do with the weather,” Johnson said, noting there is no rain date because of scheduling conflicts.
But Johnson is using this year’s theme, “believe,” and is sure festivities will go off without a hitch.
“It being the 10th year, it’s awesome,” she said of the annual event. “There are a lot of new people – businesses that have never participated before. There is a lot of new energy with people wanting to be part of our community. It’s something we feel very appreciative about for the opportunity for ELBA to put the parade together.”
Registration is open until Nov. 28, though people should submit their forms as soon as they can. There is no cost to participate.
Participants are encouraged to go with the theme of “believe” and are eligible to win prizes from a panel of four judges in a variety of categories, including best in show, best school, best children’s entrant, best classic car, best troop, best church, best club, best business and judge’s choice.
“It’s wide open,” Johnson said of the theme. “We’ve done a lot of different things, but this offers a lot greater creativity. So we’ll see what they come up with. … Last year we had amazing participation. I’m hoping to have more. It’s exciting to see what the new year brings.”
People can expect a variety of floats, dancers, groups and businesses and lots of creativity.
While there is a lot of work and meetings that go into planning festivities, it’s worth it for Johnson.
“It’s seeing the excitement on the children’s faces,” she said. “It’s their expressions. I love to give them the opportunity to kind of shine.”
ELBA works to bring the community together through various events, such as candidate forums and roadside cleanup.