BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The deadline to turn in entries for the annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade is today, Friday, Oct. 27.

Sylvia Cariker, an organizer with the parade, joined 17 News today to chat about the tradition. “This year’s theme is ‘Joyful, Joyful’ and some people ask me well what does that mean,” said Cariker. “I tell them whatever brings you joy during Christmas.”

Cariker reminds people that you can dress the floats however you want, just be sure to fill out an entry if you want to participate in the judged-contest.

Applications for the 41st Annual Christmas Parade are due Friday, Oct. 27 at 4:30 p.m., according to officials.

Applications can be found at and dropped off at KUZZ in the Buck Owens Building.

Cariker told 17 News all successful entrants will be notified the first week of November.

The annual event will take place on the traditional parade route through downtown on Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.