The Hope Holiday Christmas Parade has been announced as postponed due to rainy weather on Monday, according to an announcement late Monday morning by the Hope Chamber of Commerce, the event's sponsors. The Chamber said the parade has been rescheduled for Tuesday December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Chamber's Christmas Open House that evening.

The Hope Holiday Christmas Parade has been announced as postponed due to rainy weather on Monday, according to an announcement late Monday morning by the Hope Chamber of Commerce, the event's sponsors. The Chamber said the parade has been rescheduled for Tuesday December 6 at 6:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Chamber's Christmas Open House that evening.

***** Updated Monday, December 5 *****

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The 2016 Hope Chamber "Christmas in the City" Parade Coordinator Tonja Hays said an estimated 20 to 25 units are in the parade each year. She said they usually have about 13 floats.  Each unit is covered with Christmas themed ideas.  
"We want everything to reflect Christmas. We will work with people who want to be in the parade, but their unit has to be Christmas themed," Hays said.
She said each unit is placed according to decorations and sound. She said some units play music during the parade.
"We have a Santa at the end of the parade each year to bring in Christmas," she said.
Hays has been the parade coordinator for 22 years. She said this is her last year to oversee the parade. She said she has been working closely with the committee that is going to replace her.
"I think it needs new blood and ideas. It is time we embrace that," Hays said.
She said she will continue to work with the committee if they have questions, but is confident in their ability to continue the tradition.
When she started as coordinator, she was in charge of a celebration parade for the reopening of downtown in 1994. She said she was asked if she would oversee the Christmas parade.
"I told the chamber yes, but we needed to have some rules and guidelines," she said.
Hays said the chamber has greatly supported her and the parade on keeping to the guidelines.
She said the Christmas theme is the number one parade rule. She said the two other main rules are no horses and there is only one Santa.
Units cannot throw candy for safety reasons, but Hays said a lot of units have people walk next to them and hand out candy.
She said they are trying to grow the parade. This year local choirs are going to sing Christmas carols. Hot cocoa will be handed out outside Tailgaters, and like always, Santa will receive Christmas wishes downtown.
The parade will start on Main Street toward the downtown area, turn left on Second Street and right on Elm. From Elm the parade will turn right on Division and turn right on Walnut, before turning back on to Second Street. The parade will disband behind First Baptist Church.

Editor's note: Staff reporter Rachel Wright contributed to this report.