This year’s celebration for the 32nd Annual Downtown Bristol Christmas Parade – one of the region’s most highly anticipated events – takes place Thursday, Dec. 5. Bristol resident David Browning, also known as The Mayberry Deputy, is the Grand Marshal for the parade.
Starting on Bob Morrison Blvd. and traveling down State Street toward the historic Bristol Train Station, the parade brings out thousands of area residents who anxiously await the beautifully decorated floats, as well as the jolly old man himself. Yes, that’s right…as always, Santa will be part of the parade, checking to see who’s been naughty or nice!
Local businesses, civic and volunteer organizations, church groups, bands, schools, neighborhood groups and beauty contestants are all invited to participate in the parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Lineup will be at 5 p.m. near the Bristol Herald Courier on Morrison Blvd.
There is a weight limit for vehicles/floats this year as the State Street area over Beaver Creek has a posted weight limit of 17 tons for two axle vehicles and 26 tons for vehicles with three or more axles. Entries exceeding these weight restrictions cannot participate in the parade.
There is a cost associated with entering floats/vehicles (starting at $25 per vehicle). Vehicles without the appropriate passes will be charged upon arrival. Please note that thedeadline for entry is Tuesday, Dec. 3.
To download an entry form, please visit the Bristol Chamber of Commerce website. For more information, please call 989-4850.