Spirit of Christmas Parade

Don’t miss Butler’s 2017 Spirit of Christmas parade
and Candy Land Celebration

Saturday, November 25
Downtown Butler

The 2017 Spirit of Christmas Parade theme is
A Cartoon Christmas.

Parade entries and floats are encouraged to use the parade theme as a basis of their design.
Any type of cartoon is acceptable–from classic to current–it does not have to be a holiday cartoon.


Deadline to register: October 31, 2017


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Step inside our giant snow globe for a
unique photo opp presented by Peoples Gas.

And test your hockey skills in our Hockey Shootout Game presented by Tri Rivers Musculoskeletal Centers.

General Rules

  • This is a nighttime parade…all entries must incorporate the use of lights on their unit. This includes floats, marching units, and walking entries.
  • The parade will be held rain, snow or shine. You are responsible for the warmth and comfort of your group. Please dress accordingly.
  • Each parade entry must submit a completed application with the appropriate fee. All applications must be received by noon on October 31, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS. Entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  • Each entry will receive an information packet with line-up number & location, parade map, and parade-day instructions by November 17, 2017.
  • Each entry will be given a setup location where they will be able to gather with their group to prepare and set up their parade entry prior to the parade. The setup location is determined by the parade committee, based on a number of factors including size of float,  number of members, and location in the parade lineup. All entries must line up in their assigned location…No Exceptions!
  • Keep pace during the parade. Please allow approximately 30 feet between you and the entry in front of you. Do not follow too closely or lag too far behind.
  • No candy may be thrown from floats. This is for the safety of the children watching the parade. We don’t want children hit by flying candy or running into the street to retrieve candy. If you want to pass out candy, you may walk with your entry and hand it to spectators along the parade route. This is a potentially serious liability. Please keep the parade safe for all involved.
  • Floats can be entered in three categories: Commercial, Non-Profit, or Open.
  • Business entries must be in the form of a decorated float. No cars allowed.
  • Floats entered in the non-profit or open categories may not carry a sign or banner with the name of a commercial business on it. Any float bearing a business name will be considered a commercial float and will be judged as such.
  • Float drivers must carry a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance.


Entries with animals must have a walking scooper (no cars or trucks). All droppings must be cleaned up immediately, and be taken off-site and disposed of properly.


A limited number of service vehicles (police, fire, rescue units) will be accepted into the lineup. All participating vehicles MUST be decorated and incorporate the use of Christmas lights on them.


Local pageant title-holders are welcome to participate in the parade under the following guidelines:

  • No individual cars carrying pageant winners will be accepted.
  • Individual pageant systems can enter their winners, but the entry must be in the form of a commercial float that follows all parade rules as stated above.


  • Marching bands will be permitted to stop in front of the courthouse to perform their holiday routine. Performances should not exceed three minutes in length.
  • Due to the large number of parade entries and time constraints, no other groups will be allowed to stop the parade flow to perform.
  • Dance groups submitting an entry should prepare a “moving” routine that can be performed while traveling along the  parade route. Dance groups may not stop to perform at any point along the parade route. The parade must keep moving.


Only floats are eligible for prizes. Floats will be judged on adherence to the parade theme, creativity and originality, and use of lights. Prizes for each category are as follows:

  • Commercial
    Best Overall: $150 + $150 for charity of choice
    Most Original: $100 + $100 for charity
    Best Use of Lights: $50 + $50 for charity.
  • Non-Profit
    Best Overall: $300
    Most Original: $200
    Best Use of Lights: $100
  • Open
    Best Overall: $100

Candy Land

Butler YMCA
339 N.Washington Street, Butler

Children become the game-pieces in our life-sized Candy Land game, traveling through the colorful scenery of Gumdrop Mountain, Licorice Lane, the Peppermint Forest and more. At the end of the game, each child wins a prize.

After playing Candy Land, children can play other holiday games, have their faces painted and make Christmas cards to be sent to our military serving overseas.

Candy Land activites are free and recommended for children under 12.

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New Castle Street Plaza Activities

Selfie Station: Bring your camera or cell phone and take a selfie with Elfie and Friends.

Mascot Mania: Meet, greet and take pictures with a variety of local team and business mascots.

Warming Station: Stop by the Butler City Fire Department and warm up with complimentary hot cocoa courtesy of XTO Energy.

Stop by The Benko Orthodontics booth for a special treat.

Outdoor Skating Rink
People’s TWP Parking Lot
205 N. Main Street


Stop by People’s TWP parking lot and skate on our synthetic skating rink. Skates are provided…or bring your own and enjoy this unique outdoor experience courtesy of People’s TWP.

Skating is free of charge and limited to 15-minute sessions.


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Butler’s Downtown district offers a variety of unique shops and eateries, many of whom will be celebrating Small Business Saturday with special deals and discounts for customers.

Be sure to stop by these participating businesses:


Downtown Sounds | 129 N. Washington St |  4-8pm
Stop by and meet the owners, Clark & Kathy Sawyer
and receive a coupon for a free voice or piano class in January.


We’re teaming up with the Butler Transit Authority to Stuff the Bus!
Stop by the New Castle Street Plaza from 12-4 to donate new toys and clothing items.
More details to follow.



Thanks to our Parade Sponsors and Supporters


Benko Orthodontics

Downtown Sounds

Morgan Management Company

Thompson Miller Funeral Home

Workingman’s Store

American Legion Post 117

Many sponsorship levels are available to businesses of all sizes and budgets.
Call us today at 724-283-1500 to be a part of Butler’s Christmas kick-off celebration.

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