Troy to celebrate ‘Christmas at the North Pole’ on the Square

Published 10:32 am Wednesday, November 28, 2018

The theme of the 2018 City of Troy Christmas Parade is “Christmas at the North Pole” and Mother Nature seems to be doing her best to provide North Pole weather for the parade at 7 p.m. Monday in downtown Troy.

Shelia Jackson, City of Troy Tourism and Public Relations director, said already more than 90 entries have reserved places in the annual Christmas Parade.

“‘Christmas at the North Pole’ is shaping up to be a fantastic and fun parade,” Jackson said. “And, we are doing something new this year. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three entries judged the best.”

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The prizes are being donated by Glow, Troy Bank & Trust and Green Hills Funeral Home. The City of Troy has an in-house parade competition so city floats are not eligible for the cash prizes, only community entries.

“The Christmas Parade officially kicks off the Christmas season here in Troy,” Jackson said. “The parade starts on Elm Street and comes around the square. Any place along the parade route is a good place to view the parade.”

The Christmas Parade features entries of all kinds – themed floats, vehicles and walking units.

“The Troy University Sound of the South Marching Band is a popular parade tradition,” Jackson said. “This year, there will be bands from local high schools including Charles Henderson, Goshen and Pike Liberal Arts. And, of course, Santa Claus will make a special appearance in the parade.”

Prior to the Christmas Parade, beginning around 6 p.m., there will be music on the square by Henry Everett and friends. Everyone is encouraged to come early and enjoy the music and the fellowship that is a hallmark of the Christmas Parade, Jackson said.

“The downtown restaurants will be open for those who want dine before the parade and then step outside and watch the parade from in front of the restaurant.”

Following the parade, the Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree ceremony will be at the Gazebo.

“Mayor Jason Reeves will welcome everyone as we usher in the Christmas season,” Jackson said. “Then, we will light the Community Christmas Tree and celebrate the official beginning of the Christmas season in Troy.”