With festive floats decorated to the “Peace on Earth” theme, marching bands playing holiday classics, and even Santa Claus himself, the parade will entertain everyone in the family – especially the children.
Each year, PARA honors individuals from the community by naming them Grand Marshals of the parade. The Grand Marshals are chosen based on accomplishments and achievements that have led to a positive impact or contribution to our community.
“The historical listing of Grand Marshals is a testament to the outstanding leadership and volunteerism found in our community,” said Becky Booker, parade chairperson.
This year’s Grand Marshals are Virgie Greene, the owner and operator of Creative Child Development Learning Center; Rev. Thomas Linton, current pastor of The Church of The Lord Jesus Christ and owner of Linton’s Barber Shop; and Shelley Jones and Dee Ward, co-founders of the Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre.
The Parade route begins in downtown Tuscaloosa on Greensboro Avenue. It will then make its way down University Boulevard, ending at the 19th Street intersection.
Additionally, there will be a tree lighting ceremony at the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse prior to the parade. Spectators can enjoy this at 5:15 p.m. while waiting for the parade to begin.