Church groups, families and individuals attending the parade are encouraged to bring white candles to carry as they follow the Holy Family and an attending host of angels, shepherds and stable animals along the parade route.
Those who wish to join the parade dressed as an angel or shepherd are asked to lineup at the Erwin Post Office at South Main Avenue and Tucker Street no later than 6:45.
The parade route will follow Main and Love streets to the front of Erwin First Baptist Church. A brief ecumenical worship service, featuring live music and a reading of the story of Christ’s birth from the second chapter of Luke, will be held at a recreated stable at the front of the church. Free hot chocolate will be served after the service.
Several thousand people are expected to attend. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 30s and organizers with the RISE Erwin group are reminding everyone to dress for the cold weather.
RISE Erwin invites everyone to come and “worship the birth of Christ as a community of faith, regardless of denomination.”
The town of Erwin’s 2nd annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display is also in the wings.
The fireworks will be launched from the Tenn. Highway 107 Railroad Overpass, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. The fireworks will be visible and parking will be available throughout the downtown area.