Florence Christmas Parade 2018

‘Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas’ with the Florence Christmas Parade. You will see decorated floats, performance and musical groups dressed in festive costumes and playing your favorite holiday songs parading through Downtown Florence. Presented by Bank Independent and coordinated by Florence Main Street, this themed parade will be one to remember.

‘Bank Independent is proud to be sponsoring the Florence Christmas Parade this year. We look forward to all the parades that take place in communities where we have branch locations and are excited to be a part of the Florence parade this year. Something else about BI’s commitment to the community…..’ said Erin Letson, Vice President of Marketing for Bank Independent. ‘Bank Independent has always had a strong commitment to giving back to our communities and we’re excited about this opportunity’ Letson said.

Friday, November 30 at 7:00pm the parade will start at the intersection of North Court Street and Irvine Streets. Florence Main Street is expecting 100 + local non-profits, community groups, and businesses from all over the Shoals to participate. The competition for best float is always difficult to judge because we have so many creative people in the area that put a lot of hard work into designing their Christmas floats. Judges will be observing the parade to award the first place prize to one business, non-profit group, band and performance group. The parade application to can be found here) if you would like to apply for a spot in the parade. The deadline to submit your application is Wednesday, November 21.

Come join us and be a part of a magical night, ‘Celebrate the Spirit of Christmas’, and ring in the holidays in Downtown Florence when Bank Independent presents the Florence Christmas Parade 2018. And don’t forget to do a little bit of shopping while you are in downtown.

Florence Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization made up of over 100+ businesses, community leaders, and residents working together toward the common goal of revitalizing Downtown Florence culturally and economically. For more information about us or any of these efforts, please contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or info@florencemainstreet.org

2018 Christmas Parade Application

“Celebrating 200 years of Christmas in Florence” is the theme for this years Christmas Parade in downtown Florence.

If you choose to participate in the Bicentennial section of the parade, here are some examples.

  1. Christmas in Frontier Florence
  2. Christmas in Antebellum Florence
  3. Christmas in Civil War Years
  4. Christmas in Victorian Florence
  5. Christmas in the WW1 era
  6. Christmas During the Great Depression
  7. Christmas During the WW2 era
  8. Christmas Today

If you choose to participate in this part of the parade, the deadline is Thursday Nov. 1 in order to not have duplicates.

Celebrate Florence “Through the Years” Bicentennial Parade

Celebrate Florence “Through the Years” Bicentennial Parade

Saturday, April 7, 10:30am, Downtown Florence

The City of Florence is celebrating its 200th birthday and we’re throwing a year-long party!  And to help kick off the celebrations, we’re having a parade! Join us in downtown Florence on Saturday, April 7 at 10:30am for the festivities.  

Florence Mayor, Steve Holt invites everyone to participate in the parade. “Our Bicentennial is here and we are excited to begin several months of activities and events to celebrate the 200th birthday of Florence.  We look forward to a great parade and the City of Florence plans to be a very active participant.  We invite you to join us for a fun filled morning in Downtown Florence”, Holt said.

So grab your friends, decorate a float, put together a band on a flatbed trailer and join us to celebrate the bicentennial of Florence.  You are encouraged to theme your float, performance or musical group, costume, decoration or musical selection related to anything in Florence’s past, present or dream of the future.  So get creative & have some fun!

Florence Main Street, is responsible for coordinating the Bicentennial Parade and all the rules and regulations can be found on the registration form here, Florence, Alabama Bicentennial Parade Registration .  These rules and regulations are to improve safety (following state laws and city ordinances) and provide increased enjoyment for participants and spectators.  It is free to participate in the parade but you must register your group or float.  Registration information can be found at the Florence Main Street website. Participation registration deadline is Monday April 2. New for this parade is horses are allowed in the parade (group must clean up after their horses throughout the parade) and car groups can have up to 10 entries but cars must represent different decades.  

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 9:30am 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 early in the week of 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.    

Awards will be given so really dive into your theme.  Think history…your group’s history, history of Florence, history of the Shoals.  Think Future…where do you see Florence or your group in 100 years?  

“Planning for the Bicentennial has been so much fun and has involved so many different groups.  We’re excited to celebrate all the different aspects of our community such as art, architecture, education, faith, and our native American culture, along with others.  It’s a year-long celebration of what makes us special and what makes Florence such a great place to live,” said Pat “Burney, Chair of the Bicentennial Planning Committee.  “We hope the community will come out to help us celebrate with the parade!”.

For more information, contact Florence Main Street at 256-760-9648 or info@florencemainstreet.org.  



View All Posts