Downtown’s Holiday Starlight Parade Set For Dec. 8

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Chattanooga Presents announces the return of the Holiday Starlight Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6 p.m., thanks to the generosity of Volkswagen Chattanooga, who will serve again as presenting sponsor. This holiday tradition has taken on a new twist this season, with the street parade being immediately followed by the popular Lighted Boat Parade, which will start at 7 p.m. and will be viewable from Ross’ Landing.

In order to facilitate viewing for both parades, the Holiday Starlight (street) Parade has adjusted its route to be closer to the waterfront. It will now begin at 5th and Market Street, crossing in front of the Tennessee Aquarium on 2nd Street before taking a left on Broad Street and continuing south and disbanding at 5th & Broad. Parade-goers are encouraged to head afterwards to Ross’ Landing for the Lighted Boat Parade directly following the street parade.  

The procession for the Holiday Starlight Parade is expected to feature over 50 entries, consisting of regional bands, floats, walking units, and more - all strung with festive holiday lights. Volunteers will also be walking along the parade route, handing out candy and other treats to kids young and old.  However, the most anticipated entry is always saved for last – Santa himself – arriving with lots of pomp and good cheer.

“Volkswagen Chattanooga is pleased to once again be the presenting sponsor of this fun holiday tradition in Downtown Chattanooga,” said Scott Wilson, Media and Community Relations for Volkswagen Chattanooga. “The holidays are a special time for families, and this parade is a great way to kick off the season right here in our hometown,” Wilson said.

The reviewing stand, MC’d by commentators from WRCB-TV3, will be located in the 200 block of Market Street, across from 212 Market. The Holiday Starlight Parade is taped for television and broadcast by WRCB –TV3 on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m.

To request an application form for the Holiday Starlight Parade, please email holidaystarlightparade@gmail.com, or for the Lighted Boat Parade, email bart.schubert@marinemax.com.


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