The 2014 Downtown Jackson Christmas Parade steps off at 6pm Friday, beginning at Michigan Avenue at First Street, traveling east to Mechanic Street. All floats and entries will be lighted and keeping with the theme “The 12 Days of Christmas”. Parade organizer Ed Hatfield, who has been with the parade for all of its 26 years, invited parade attendees to have their photo taken with Santa at the Michigan Theatre following the parade. The Theatre will provide hot chocolate and a free Christmas movie. Other guests: Linda Kline, Area Manager, MedExpress Urgent Care; Monica Moser, President and CEO, Jackson Community Foundation; Northwest Elementary students Madison David and Kalomb Tooker with teacher Mandy Kennedy; John Spink, Nite Lites with Christine Gorton, Miss Jackson Crossroads; Sue Lovell, Cascades Humane Society’s Pet of the Week.