Organizers of this year’s Bakersfield Christmas Parade hope the rain forecast for Thursday will be gone by the time the event kicks off. Coordinator Mira Patel says a lot of work has gone into the 36th annual parade, which will have about 100 entries this year. “Our community meets throughout the year, facilitating all the preparation for the parade, so we’re very excited.” The theme for the 2018 parade is Christmas Around the World, it also starts half an hour earlier this year at 6pm Thursday. The parade route and locations of Christmas Market Vendors may be found at bcparade.com.

Suzanne Grant