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Mt. Pleasant's Christmas events are scheduled

| Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 9:02 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Borough will hold its annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

It will be the first time in several years that the parade and other Christmas-related activities will be held in the evening rather than on a Saturday afternoon.

Borough Manager Jeff Landy mentioned a few months ago that the move was under consideration because he said lights and floats look better at night than they do during the day.

He added at the time that students who play in the Mt. Pleasant Area High School Tower of Power marching band are more readily available on weeknights because, if they have jobs, they usually work on the weekends.

Mayor Gerald Lucia said he thought the idea was a good one.

“We have a lot of good floats in the Christmas parade, so by having it in the evening, it allows participants to use more lighting and make their float more decorative,” he said.

The Mt. Pleasant Area Historical Society will continue with its annual tradition of offering an open fire for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs following the Christmas parade.

“During ‘Christmas at the Log Cabin,' we open up both of our cabins (on Washington Street) and decorate them in the period Christmas décor,” said Rick Meason the society's director.

“It's a nice little evening where people can gather around the fire and reminisce about Christmases past,” he added.

Landy said he will talk with owners of some downtown businesses about offering food for the public during the event.

The portions of Diamond and Washington streets that parallel the gazebo park and the historical cabins will most likely be closed to motorists for the event.

“We want to make this a good holiday event that's enjoyable for everyone,” Lucia said. “I think a lot of people will participate, but like everything, the success always depends on Mother Nature.”

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.