Registration for participation in the 2013 Christmas Walk and Parade has been extended to Friday, Nov. 29.
"We made the decision to extend the deadline simply to allow even more of our community the opportunity to be involved in the parade and Christmas walk. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we recognize that it is easy for the deadline to slip by, and while we need to be organized for both the walk and the parade, we would really like to not turn participants away," said Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry Director of Chamber Operations Melissa Anderson. "The way both the community and our businesses have embraced this year's event is absolutely amazing, and we are very excited for the evening of December 6. It certainly is going to be an event that the area can be proud of! "
The Times Observer will also be teaming up with Relay for Life during the night of the 2013 Christmas Walk and Parade on Friday, Dec. 6.
The Times Observer will be wrapping its front pillars in newsprint and anyone who donates at least $1 to Relay for Life will receive a cupcake die-cut to personalize and place on the pillars.
The cupcake die-cuts are available now at the Times Observer at the front desk. They will also be available the night of the Christmas Walk at the Times Observer from members of Relay for Life.
All donations go to Relay for Life.
"We're excited to partner with Relay for Life," said Times Observer Publisher Robert Patchen. "We hope to fill up both sets of pillars with cupcakes!"
Online Chair for Relay for Life of Warren County Jennifer Madigan said the cut-outs are a way to memorialize or show support for a loved one and support Relay for Life Warren County. Luminarias are also available for $5 and will be displayed on the walkway during the Relay for Life on June 21 and 22 at Betts Park.
"I think it's a great partnership," Madigan said. "We are most grateful to the Times Observer for offering the space."
Madigan will also have information available for anyone interested in volunteering or forming a Relay for Life team.
The Christmas Parade is coordinated by the Times Observer and the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry.
The parade will proceed north on Market Street, turn left onto Pennsylvania Avenue and then proceed to Hickory Street, turning right and ending at the Municipal Building on Third Avenue for the lighting of the Christmas tree.
Parade patrons are asked not to line up across Market Street because north and southbound traffic will be permitted during the parade on Market Street at Pennsylvania Avenue.
Closures include the entirety of Hickory Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Fourth Avenue and the northbound lane of the Hickory Street Bridge. Motorists traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue west of the bridge will still be able to turn right onto the bridge and proceed to the south side. Motorists on the east side who want to travel west can proceed on Fourth Avenue, which will remain open, and down Poplar Street to access Pennsylvania Avenue.