Route will be along East Main Street beginning at 10 a.m.

Havelock’s 46th annual Christmas Parade will step off on Saturday along East Main Street with a Dr. Seuss theme this year.

“The parade should be awesome this weekend,” Mayor Will Lewis said.

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m., starting at the eastern end of East Main Street and following the road to Cunningham Boulevard where at the Harrier monument where the parade ends.

More than 60 entries have signed up for the parade, including the 2nd Marine Aircraft Band and the Havelock High School marching band.

Grand marshal of the parade is scheduled to be announced Friday at the Havelock Senior Center Advisory Board Christmas Dinner.

The Master of Ceremonies for the parade will be William Spottsville.

Parade float participants need to be at Cherry Plaza, and marchers will be gathering at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church by 9 a.m.

The VIP stand where the reviewing takes place will be at the edge of Walter B. Jones Park between the old Senior Center building and the 9/11 Memorial.

Lauren Wargo, city spokeswoman, said parade participants with candy are asked to hand out the treats rather than throwing them, and she advises parents to keep a close watch on children so they don’t stray into parade participants.

The parade floats will be judged at 9 a.m. Awards will be given out following the parade at the Havelock City Hall.

The actual parade route is along the westbound lanes of East Main Street from Shepard Street, westward to Cunningham Boulevard. The westbound lanes of the road will be shut down for the duration of the parade. Traffic will be diverted around the parade route via McCotter Boulevard and Fontana Boulevard.

Parade spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In years past, many onlookers have backed vehicles up to the edge of the route in the grass at Walter B. Jones Park.

“I hope to see everybody. It’s always a really good time,” Havelock Commissioner Brenda Wilson said.

The parade is scheduled to include dignitaries from Havelock, Cherry Point and Craven County, various youth groups, educational clubs, nonprofit organizations, fire and police departments, churches and businesses. Santa Claus is also scheduled to make his annual appearance by riding in the final float of the parade.

For more information, call the Havelock Parks and Recreation Department at 444-6429.