The 12th annual MAINx24 parade and street festival will take place on the Southside on Saturday, Dec. 1, starting at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast fundraiser at Fire Hall #1.
This year, the $5 pancake breakfast will benefit the Forgotten Child Fund of Chattanooga, a non-profit run by the fire and police departments. Attendees to the festival are encouraged to bring a new toy or winter coat to donate to local children in need.
The 24-hour long festival will continue with people in the streets, music in the air and the aromas of Chattanooga food. Events include local shops offering discounts and door prizes, restaurants offering special menus, artisans in action, poetry, caroling, music, dancing, food and fun for all ages - all in celebration of Main Street and the surrounding Southside.
For the first time, the festival will include more than 150 events. Favorite events that are back again this year include:
MAINx24 EPB Southside Parade, Main Street, 10:30 a.m. Look for this year’s Grand Marshal, Sandy the Flower Man
World Heavyweight Chili Championship, presented by EPB to support green|spaces, held at Office Coordinators, Inc., 11:30 a.m.
Adult Big Wheel Race, hosted by Asa Engineering & Consulting, Inc., supporting Family Promise of Great Chattanooga, at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, 1-4 p.m.
International Food Market at Fire Hall #1, from 4–6 p.m.
Meet on Station Street at 7 p.m. for the best views of the Chattanooga Choo Choo fireworks display, sponsored by Fireball. There are dozens of new events, too, including evening and late-night parties and shows.
SoundCorps Stage, located on Station Street, featuring local music artists from 1-9 p.m.
The Milk Drop presents local hip-hop Artists at the Chattanooga Cigar Club from 8-10 p.m.
The Masquerade on Main at Alleia from 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
UNFlavorless underground dance party by Flavorless at 1612 Cowart St. from 10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Connect with MainX24 on Facebook to keep up with all the events happening throughout the day, including dozens of kid-friendly activities like face painting and building a holiday ornament, as well as discounts and door prizes at shops up and down Main Street. Visit Mainx24.com for the full schedule.