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‘Surprise’ promised at 2021 Downtown Casper Christmas Parade

Children watch during the 2019 downtown Casper Christmas parade. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — Organizers of this year’s Downtown Christmas Parade are promising a special “surprise” with Santa during the middle of the parade route along Second Street.

“I want it to be exciting,” said parade producer and Chamber of Commerce board member Gena Jensen.

The annual Casper tradition is returning in full after a radically pared-down “festival” last year during the COVID pandemic.

“With the Chamber of Commerce taking over, we’re able to do a little bit more and get the community more involved,” she said. “We’re hoping to promote businesses and bring the community together.”

The parade organizers arranged VIP sections this year for sponsors in front of select businesses, which she hopes to expand in years to follow. The Chamber, in cooperation with Casper’s Council of People with Disabilities, also arranged a viewing area for people with disabilities, which will be located in front of the Natrona County Public Library and at the First United Methodist Church.

Another change will be an announcer to liven things up during the parade, which local personality Rodeo Rick will handle this year.

So far there are 43 parade entries, all based on the “Christmas at the Movies” theme that was voted on by community members, said Jensen, who hasn’t seen any of the entries yet.

“I cannot wait to see the creativity involved in this,” she said.

The parade starts at Yellowstone and Second Streets on Saturday, November 27 at 6:30 p.m., soon after the David Street Station Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m.

“The weather is going to be perfect, everything’s lining up; the cards are looking good,” she said.

“It’s going to be epic.”

The annual downtown Casper Christmas Parade heads down Second Street in 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)