The Miami Christmas Parade on Rt. 66 has been rescheduled for Saturday, at 4:30 p.m. on downtown Main Street. Parade participants will begin lining up for the parade at 3 p.m.

The parades in Quapaw, Commerce and Welch also were rescheduled to Saturday.

"Some residents and businesses may have been previously notified that the parade would be held at 6 p.m.," said Cindy Morris, Miami Area Chamber of Commerce president. "The parade has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to accommodate key community events that are also taking place on Saturday evening."

Morris said the parade will begin at North 5th Avenue and Main and proceed through Downtown Miami to South 2nd Avenue. The intersections of BJ Tunnel and Main through North 5th Avenue and Main will close at 1:30 p.m. to begin staging for the parade. At 3 p.m. the Miami Police Department will close Main Street from North 5th Avenue to South 2nd Avenue. Alternate routes should be taken.

Barricades will be placed by the Miami Police Department at all downtown Main Street intersections. It is against the law to move a barricade or go around a barricade. Please realize that the barricades are put in place for safety and liability reasons, and anyone breaking this law is subject to a ticket.

While you are in a festive Christmas spirit, consider the other area parades and activities taking place on Saturday.

Parades: Quapaw - Noon; Baxter Springs, Fairland and Welch - 2 p.m.; Commerce - 3 p.m.; Miami - 4:30 p.m.; and Seneca - 6 p.m.

The Fairland Christmas Parade will start at Oliver Street and go up Highway 60 to Walnut.

The Quapaw Christmas parade line-up will start at 11:15 a.m. at the north end of town. Cash prizes will be given for the first, second and third place floats. If you have any questions please contact Anna or Cassy at 918-674-2263 or email ahart@baxterstatebank.com.

Pre-registration for the Seneca Christmas Parade is online at www.senecamochamber.com. No fee and prizes to be awarded to floats, bands and organizations.

Carolers will sing prior to the parade on Main Street in Seneca near the blinking light and the stage will be set at the light talking about each entry.

Santa will be coming to town that evening and visit with the children at the City Hall after the parade so children have your toy list ready!!

Other Activities: Wyandotte Nation Childrens Christmas Party from 10-11 a.m. In the Artie Nesvold Community Center in Wyandotte; Tulsa Praise Orchestra - Coleman Theatre - 7 p.m.; Medieval Feast at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (Dec 8-10) - 6:30 p.m.; "The Gospel According to Scrooge" - First Assembly of God Church (Dec 8-11) - 7 p.m.; and Twin Bridges Park of Lights - nightly at dark - over 40 displays of Christmas lights.

If you have any questions regarding the parade, contact the Miami Area Chamber at 918-542-4481 or email to info@miamiokchamber.com. To see a complete calendar of events, go online to www.miamiokchamber.com.