CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Be a part of a Clarksville tradition by participating in this year’s annual Christmas parade, hosted by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Government. This night-time, lighted Christmas parade is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in downtown Clarksville.
Austin Peay State University Head Football Coach Will Healy will be this year's grand marshal. Join Clarksville Mayor McMillan for the official tree lighting ceremony on Public Square immediately after the parade.
The parade route will begin on 8th Street on the campus of APSU. From 8th Street, floats will proceed to College Street and then to University Avenue. From there the route is the same as years past, going around Public Square, the Historic Courthouse and back to Franklin Street. From Franklin, the route will turn onto 8th Street, and then return back onto the APSU Campus.
The Christmas parade is an event for local businesses, schools, and organizations to showcase their Christmas spirit by walking, preparing a float, or driving a fun vehicle all decked out in holiday cheer! This year's theme is "Christmas Around the World” and we encourage all participants to embrace the theme through music, dress, and décor.
Awards will be presented to the first- through third-place winners in each division. Divisions include: Civic/Church; Business/Commercial; and City/County. Judging will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the parade. Winners will be acknowledged as they pass the judges stand on Public Square.
The 58th Annual Christmas Parade is presented by the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County Government and sponsored by Clarksville Living Magazine and 5 Star Radio Group. For more, contact Clarksville Parks & Recreation at 931-645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com/parade.
Here are some more Holiday Events planned in coming weeks by Clarksville Parks & Recreation:
* Christmas on the Cumberland, McGregor Park, 640 N. Riverside Drive. Experience the captivating displays of more than two million lights presented by the City of Clarksville and Altra Federal Credit Union every night through Jan. 2. Free.
* Christmas on the Cumberland Activity Nights, 6-8 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Living Hope Baptist Church will lead holiday crafts, dances and activities. Free.
* Santa’s Workshop, 5-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 at Crow Community Center
211 Richview Road. Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa, make snow globes and ornaments, participate in reindeer games, enjoy the snack station, face painting and more. The event is free with toy donation, one per family.
* Elf Splash, 2-4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9 at New Providence Swimming Pool
166 Cunningham Lane. Families can escape the cold by taking a dip in the heated pool and Join Santa’s helpers to enjoy crafts, ornament making, face painting and all kinds of holiday fun. Fee is $5 per person.
* Christmas in Occupied Clarksville, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, 120 Duncan St. Visitors will be able to step back in time to see period decorations, visit with a 19th century Santa, and enjoy eggnog, cakes and caroling. Free.
Lighted floats will enliven the Clarksville Christmas Parade once again this year.