Are We There Yet?
“Classic small-town America” is how the City of Chelsea Mayor Tony Picklesimer describes the annual Chelsea Christmas Parade happening on December 19. With festive floats, arts and music, balloons, food trucks, and an abundance of Santa hats it is the perfect event to welcome Christmas with your family!
The entertainment begins at the Grandstand, located behind the Winn Dixie, at 9 a.m. “People start bringing cars and chairs- lining up for it- as early as 7 a.m.,” Mayor Picklesimer explains, adding, “It’s an opportunity for all of our citizens to get together and be neighbors. I think we need that so bad now.” The parade is a major event for Chelsea, especially since the planning takes place all year long. Mayor Picklesimer adds that the parade is full of local people and businesses. “The City Council takes part in it, the Chelsea High School band plays in it, the library staff is involved. All of our city entities and local business owners get involved.”
The fun doesn’t end with the parade! Immediately following the parade, from Noon to 2 p.m., everyone is invited to Santa’s Extravaganza. This is the fourth year for the special event, which the Mayor describes as the “First Lady of Chelsea’s Christmas party.” Mayor Picklesimer’s wife, Cindy, is the official host of the party. Even though the event will be different due to COVID-19 safety measures, there will still be lots of family fun to enjoy including face painting, balloons, live characters including Anna and Elsa, and of course, pictures with Santa in a COVID-19 safe environment. The Mayor credits his wife Cindy, Gerri Roberts, and countless others for planning this fun event.
Mayor Picklesimer invites you to kick off the Christmas season with the City of Chelsea. “The parade gives people the opportunity to visit outdoors with neighbors,” he adds. Make plans to welcome the Christmas season at the 21st Annual Chelsea Christmas Parade on December 19 and enjoy a day of free fun the family will enjoy!