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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
If you still haven't made up your mind about entering in this year's Bakersfield Christmas Parade, make sure you keep an eye out for this year's earlier deadline.
This year, the 31st annual parade theme is "An Old Fashioned Christmas," parade coordinator Pam Carlock said Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox."
Carlock said groups interested in being a part of the parade need to turn in their applications soon. The parade entry application deadline is Oct. 25; the vendor application deadline is Nov. 8.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said he will put together another float this year and encouraged others to do the same.
"If you have a team, get a float together because it's the most fun and wonderful experience," Cox said.
But to keep the parade going, funds are needed, Carlock said.
To that end, there will be the second annual Toast & Taste event, catered by student chefs of the Bakersfield College Culinary Arts Department.
From 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 2, you can enjoy wine tasting, a holiday buffet, live music, a ladies' fashion show and much more. It will be held at Urner's Showcase Kitchens, 4110 Wible Road.
Tickets for the Toast & Taste are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.toastandtastebakersfield.com. A list of local businesses selling tickets is also online.