Work is in high gear in Springfield as members of the Coalition of Rainbow Alliances (CORAL) prepare for the annual visit to the capital city by Santa Claus. The North Pole Native is scheduled to make his first appearance of the Holiday season in the Springfield Jaycee’s Christmas Parade, “A Rock and Roll Christmas,” on Saturday, December 5, 2015, 7:30 P.M.
Once again, the central Illinois LGBT group has been asked by Santa’s advance team to prepare his vehicle of arrival for the Jaycee’s annual lighted Holiday Parade. The group has recently distinguished itself again, with its 7 th Governor’s Sweepstakes Award in Augusts Illinois State Fair Twilight Parade. ” It has been an honor,“ said CORAL’s Parade Events Coordinator, Bert Morton,” to be asked to prepare Santa’s Float. Our team has some of the best designers and builders in the Midwest, so I guess we are on his “nice” list.
As plans were made for Santa’s 2013 appearance, the Springfield Jaycees were stretched thin to provide all the special details to allow all the children along the parade route to get a really good view of the “Jolly Old Elf. Leaders of the group recognized that Santa was the highlight of the annual parade, and that most people came to it to see him. Talks with Santa and his team lead the Jaycees to investigate the possibility of engaging CORAL’s float team design and build Santa a new float for their parade.
“Winter is our down time,” Morton said. “We normally clean our lumber, inventory our materials and prepare for the announcement of the next Twilight Parade Theme in March. We have been delighted to provide Santa’s float for the Jaycees, for the past two years.”
For the 2015 parade, CORAL personnel are working with the Jaycee Chapter to train their volunteers on the intricacies of the craft. The entire float is being rebuilt to the theme of the parade, “A Rock and Roll Christmas.”
“All new decorations will surround Santa, and provide him with the appropriate environment, he deserves as he arrive in Springfield,” Morton added.
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The Coalition of Rainbow Alliances
PO Box 9721
Springfield, Illinois, 62791