Alease Copelin Invited to Serve as Grand Marshal of Santa’s Christmas Parade

November 9, 2015 - Santa Claus recently delivered an invitation to Alease Copelin, the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Service Award, to serve as Grand Marshal of the 16th annual Santa’s Christmas Parade presented by Shelby Savings Bank, which will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Mrs. Copelin was recognized at the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet for her contributions to many activities and organizations in Shelby County. Her leadership was noted in helping, creating and sustaining various programs including the Backpack Program that aids in fighting weekend hunger for school students, the community Flag Program, Project Graduation and Career Camp with many volunteers.

According to Randy Collard, Parade Chairman, vendor space is available free to churches, civic and non-profit organizations. Interested organizations must complete a vendor application and will be notified regarding acceptance. Approved vendors can set up from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the day of the parade in an assigned location on the Historic Courthouse lawn. During the parade afternoon the Daughters of the Republic William Carroll Crawford Chapter will host tours of the First Ladies in Texas Building.

Categories for the 2015 “Christmas Movies and Songs” themed parade will include Individuals, Schools, Businesses, Churches and Civic Organizations. Parade participants this year will be allowed to include their horses with special applicable rules and considerations. Judges will award cash prizes to the top three places in each category, First $100, Second $50 and Third $25 and the Overall Best in Show Float will receive $250 cash prize.

Parade float entry registration is free and completed applications must be returned to the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office by the entry deadline on Monday, November 23, 2015. Applications for the parade, vendor space and entry rules are now available at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce office located at 100 Courthouse Square, A-101 on the historic downtown Center square or online at

For more information please contact the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce at (936) 598-3682 or