The float entries will be judged in the following categories: best overall entry, most unique entry, best entry featuring children, best entry featuring dance/movement, best use of theme and best entry featuring music. Copelin said winners will receive a medallion.
Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma Sooner and Dallas Cowboy football coach, is serving as the parade’s grand marshal. Switzer will ride in style alongside his wife, Becky.
Copelin said the parade committee selected Switzer because he is popular in the Norman community and “it was thought they would be very appropriate to lead the parade.”
Switzer said he is excited to participate, and is hoping for beautiful weather and a good turnout.
“Becky and I have been asked to do this, and we look forward to doing it,” Switzer said. “It’s an honor to be considered someone that they’d choose to represent the city.”
Before the parade begins, the Norman Kiwanis Club is hosting its 60th annual Pancake Breakfast. The all-you-can-eat breakfast is being served 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Norman High School Commons. Tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
Copelin said the breakfast, combined with photos with Santa after the parade at Kidoodles Toy Zone, is a perfect way to make a day of the festivities.
This year’s parade sponsors include: Norman Knight’s of Colombus; First American Bank; BancFirst; Gray, Blodgett & Company PLLC; Thompson Pool LLC; Harold Heiple, Attorney at Law; Don Cies Real Estate Inc.; Republic Bank & Trust and OEC.