Johnson City Christmas parade celebrates 150th

Johnson City Press • Nov 13, 2019 at 5:55 PM

In the city’s 150th year, Johnson City’s Christmas parade will celebrate its past, present and future.

Members of the Blue Plum Organization, which organizes the annual holiday parade, chose the theme “Johnson City — Past, Present and Future” to honor the sesquicentennial of the city’s founding.

The 2019 parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.

“One of the most beloved holiday traditions in Johnson City is the annual Christmas parade,” said Jennifer Clements, parade director and a member of the Blue Plum Organization. “This year, not only will we celebrate the holiday season, but the parade will also be a tribute to the community we are proud to call home.”

Groups and individuals are encouraged to create floats to be part of the parade. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be presented as part of the “Best Float” competition. The deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 25.

This year’s parade will include an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. 

The parade will start on the campus of East Tennessee State University and will cross University Parkway and travel onto West Walnut Street. Turning onto Buffalo Street, the parade will cross East State of Franklin Road and continue down East Main Street. The route will then turn onto Colonial Way and conclude in the Old Burley Tobacco Lot at the corner of Legion Street and East State of Franklin.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the parade. To sign up as a volunteer, learn how to register a float, or for more information, visit www.jcchristmasparade.org.

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