‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’ with the Florence Christmas Parade on Court Street in Downtown Florence. Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
There’s no better way to celebrate the holidays and to ‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas’ (this year’s theme) than to attend the Florence Christmas parade! You are encouraged to theme your float, performance or musical group in costume, decoration or musical selection. Get creative & have some fun!
Florence Main Street is once again responsible for coordinating the Florence Christmas Parade and as always, there are rules to be followed. These rules and regulations are to improve safety (following state laws and city ordinances) and provide increased enjoyment for participants and spectators.
VERY IMPORTANT…The Parade route will follow Court Street from the north end at Rogers Hall on the UNA campus to the southern end at Alabama Street. Parade line up will begin at 6 pm on Pine Street between Irvine and Cumberland Streets. Your exact time for line up will be determined by your placement in the parade. That information will be sent to you the week before the parade.
Please remember with the Parade line up being on Pine Street and ending on South Court Street at Alabama Street to arrange your drop off and pick up locations to match those areas.
The following are the guidelines set forth for the 2016 Florence Christmas Parade:
There will be awards for Best Decorated Float (Commercial & Non-Profit), Best Band and Best Performance Group.
Each entry is limited to four (4) units. For example, the XYZ club will be allowed four cars in their entry.
Entries MUST be decorated or dressed to reflect the theme of the parade:
‘Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!’;
No un-decorated vehicles will be allowed! There’s nothing more boring than watching a bunch of cars driving down the road!
Santa is a special guest and has his own float. No Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus impersonators allowed in or on any parade entry.
Motorcyclists are required by Alabama state law to wear helmets at all times. Motorcycles which are not designed and licensed for public streets will not be allowed to participate in the parade.
Alabama state law prohibits ATVs from public streets; therefore, ATVs are not permitted in the parade.
Vehicles not allowed on public streets, according to Alabama state law or City of Florence ordinance will not be allowed to participate in the parade.
Participation is contingent on Police Department approval.
Horse units will not be allowed. Other animals allowed only with permission from Florence Main Street. All animals must be cleaned up after by the group bringing them.
Wednesday, November 30 is the deadline for return of entry forms and fees.
This is stated on the entry form and will be strictly enforced. Any late entry will be at the sole discretion of FMS, and may result in an additional $50 late fee being charged.
More information is available from the Florence Main Street office by calling 256-760-9648 or email us at events@florencemainstreet.
We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Florence Christmas Parade.