christmas parade2 300CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (11/21/13) — The Central City Christmas Parade has been on Sunday as long as Mayor Barry Shaver can remember. The difference this year is the time of the event.

Shaver told Surfky News that the timing change was the result of popular demand.

"The Christmas parade has always been on Sunday, but in the past it's been at around 2 p.m. And, it was usually in November," said Shaver. "But we had so many people who said, 'Let's have a nighttime parade, and have it closer to Christmas.' So that's what we did."

After discussion with the various school bands, 5 p.m. Dec. 15 was the only time that seemed to work for all those involved, according to the mayor.

Now that the parade date has been set, some churches in the county have told the mayor the date and time are creating a conflict with their holiday activities.

"We sent out 274 letters stating, 'Let's try to put Christ back in Christmas and get more churches involved," said Shaver.

"I realize a lot of churches start their services at 6 p.m. on Sunday, but we were hoping that they might be able to roll their time back so we could have more churches involved in the parade," he said. "We do have a lot more churches participating with floats this year. The decision to have the event later in the day was in no way meant to cause conflict. The last thing we want people to have to do is choose between attending the parade or attending worship services."

Numerous people have voiced their displeasure with the scheduling conflict on Facebook, and the mayor told SurfKY he has received a few calls about the matter. Unfortunately, it's too late to reschedule the parade for this year, he said.

He said he hopes that next year, a date and time can be agreed upon that bring the community together.

Surfky News
Paul McRee

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
1 DOW 18,080.14
+21.45 (0.12%)    
2 S&P 2,117.69
+4.76 (0.23%)    
3 NASDAQ 5,092.08
+36.02 (0.71%)    

Most Read This Week

April 17, 2015 11975

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 23, 2015 7553

Man Charged with Sodomy, Incest/Victim under 12

by SurfKY News
April 18, 2015 5794

Man Charged with Attempting to Coerce Minor for…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 20, 2015 4896

Nortonville Woman Charged with Meth Possession at…

by Madisonville Police Department
April 24, 2015 4152

UPDATE: Police Can't Substantiate Injured Man…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

April 17, 2015 11975

An Open Letter from an Addict

by Olivia Kirks
April 02, 2015 8817

UPDATE: Madisonville Man Injured in Head-on…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

April 25, 2015 1196

Above and Beyond: Wade Simons

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
April 24, 2015 969

Elementary Girls in Good GRACES with Unique…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 674

Focus on Hopkins County: Interview with Sheriff…

by Tim Thomas
April 25, 2015 630

Planning Commission Approves Zoning Amendments…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 525

Webster County Traffic Advisory

by Keith Todd
April 25, 2015 461

Superheroes ‘Bowl for Kids Sake’

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 457

Tobacco Quitline Callers Eligible for Extra…

by Beth Fisher
April 25, 2015 419

Happenings and Meetings - Hopkins County

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
April 25, 2015 418

Keeping the Faith - 'To Die Trying'

by Ronnie McBrayer
April 25, 2015 390

Hooked on Science - 'Magnetic Money'

by Jason Lindsey