DERRY — Planning for the annual Derry holiday parade is underway, but there’s one big thing missing — a theme.

The parade, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 24, always has a theme, traditionally chosen by local schoolchildren. Somehow, perhaps because of a transition in the superintendent’s office, the contest slipped through the cracks this year.

That’s good news for anyone out there with a great idea. This announcement officially launches the parade theme contest.

Think fast; the deadline for entries is Oct. 5.

Recent themes include “Holiday TV Classics Come to Life” last year and “Star-Spangled Holiday” in 2009. The theme must be family friendly, no scary entries.

The winner will receive a generous basket filled with gift cards and items donated by Chamber members.

There’s no age limit and group entries are welcome, but there’s only one prize.

Enter by emailing Entries also can be faxed to 432-7938 or mailed to the Greater Derry/Londonderry Chamber of Commerce, 29 W. Broadway, Derry, 03038.

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