OSCODA – The annual Northern Lights Parade and Community Celebration will return this weekend on Saturday, Dec. 7, in downtown Oscoda beginning at 5 p.m.

Similar to last year, the annual Reindeer Fun Run/Walk will be cancelled once again. Holiday festivities will begin on Dwight Street with music provided by the Office Lounge & Grill and children’s activities on the street. There may also be other activities or treats nearby, so keep a close eye out while enjoying the festivities.

At 6 p.m., the Northern Lights Parade will commence. Participants are asked to line up on Furtaw Field beginning at 5 p.m. at the Lake Street entrance. It is recommended that parade participants don’t arrive on Furtaw Field before 5 p.m.

The route will be US-23 South to Mill Street west. As a reminder for parade participants, there is to be no loose hay, straw, kerosene lanterns or open flame on the floats or in the parade. Each float is required to have one five pound ABD dry chemical extinguisher with the gauge on green.

Additionally, according to the Oscoda-AuSable Chamber of Commerce (OACC) Parade Rules and Regulations,  there will be absolutely no throwing candy or any items from floats or vehicles as this is an endangerment, especially to children walking in the dark. Walkers may pass out candy or other items at the curb side along the parade route. 

In terms of lights, no headlight beams will be permitted during the parade. Only parking lights, emergency flashers and decorative lighting will be allowed.

Most importantly, the chamber asks that participants refrain from having a Santa on their parade float or walking as there will already be a Santa Claus designated for the parade. According to OACC Interim Executive Director Zach Scholten multiple Santas has a tendency to confuse children and should be avoided.

Floats or marching groups will be competing to take home awards in Owl Spirit, Best In Glow and Most Creative. First place winners will receive $200 from Huron Tent and Event and second place winners will receive $100 from Hopcroft Law. Winners of Best in Glow and Most Creative will receive traveling trophies, according to Scholten.

Residents interested in participating the parade still can by filling out a registration form and returning it to the OACC. Registration forms must be submitted by Friday at 3 p.m. in order to participate in the Saturday parade.

Following the parade, a free family friendly film will be played at Lake Theater beginning at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 17 E Dwight St., Oscoda.

For more information about holiday festivities contact staff at the chamber at 739-7322.