Troy Christmas Parade rings in holiday season

Published 2:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It is almost “Christmas Time in the City,” at least it will be once Troy’s annual Christmas parade rolls in Monday evening. The “Silver Bells” inspired theme will ring in the Christmas season for the City of Troy.

“It’s a time of unity for us to get together and celebrate in the Christmas Spirit,” said Isaiah Scott with the Troy Office of Public Relations. “Everyone gets to see the community in a different light and take the stress away from our day-to-day lives and enjoy the season.”

Scott said that as of Tuesday, there are 75 entries for the parade, but he expects to end up with about 100.

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“The community should expect a lot of lights music and a festive time in Downtown Troy,” Scott said.

The band Casual will be providing entertainment on The Square before the parade, playing all the favorite holiday tunes to help get everyone in the Christmas spirit before the parade begins. Casual will play from 5 to 6 p.m.

The parade will travel clockwise around The Square and down Market Street.

After Santa rides in for the big finale, the community is invited to gather in The Square for the Christmas Tree Lighting with music provided by the Troy University Gospel Choir.

The Rev. Roland Austin, a Troy native returning for the event, will bring the Christmas message and a community prayer, followed by some remarks by Troy Mayor Jason Reeves.

The departments within the City of Troy always compete with their floats, and the winner is announced before the lighting.

“When you are downtown, it’s a good time to pop in and enjoy our merchants,” Scott said. He said that most merchants, besides the restaurants, close around 6 or 6:30 p.m., but those who come early for the music can enjoy some downtown shopping.”