Peace on Earth: The West Alabama Christmas Parade is Monday Night

Santa will be on hand for the 42nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 4. Santa will be on hand for the 42nd Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 4. Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority

A staple in many families’ holiday traditions, the West Alabama Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Tuscaloosa County Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), this will be the 42nd annual parade. 

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. 

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