The Aiken Jaycees 2012 Christmas Parade rolls through downtown on Sunday, Dec. 9.

Widely seen as an Aiken tradition, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature a variety of entries such as civic groups, churches, bands and nonprofit organizations plus a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Lineup for the parade will start around 1 p.m., and the route will follow Park Avenue, north on Laurens Street and will end near Trinity Lutheran Home.

The parade is free to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on.

This year, the parade's theme is Cartoon Christmas.

“I am curious to see what everybody comes up with,” said organizer Carey Sarka. “The variety of entries makes it really interesting. There are very different entries every year. People can get creative.”

Floats will be judged in several divisions again this year.

Those who participate in the parade are asked to remember that neither candy nor literature can be thrown into the crowd per a City of Aiken ordinance. The ordinance will be enforced by the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

The deadline for turning in applications is Dec. 1, so Sarka is urging those who want to be a part of the parade to submit their information as soon as possible. A $20 entry fee is required and must be submitted along with the registration application.

For more information, call 644-3008 and leave a message.

Entry forms can be found at

Once completed, the applications can be sent to Aiken Jaycees, P.O. Box 707, Aiken, SC 29802.