Huntsville, Ala. – Mix 96.9 (WRSA-FM) and the Von Braun Center (VBC) are excited to host the Huntsville Christmas Parade for the sixth consecutive year on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The parade is presented for the fourth time by Redstone Federal Credit Union.
The details for the 2019 parade were announced during a press conference on September 4 at the VBC where Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, WRSA and VBC staff, Santa and Mrs. Claus and others were in attendance.
The theme for the 2019 Huntsville Christmas Parade is “Christmas Around the World.”
“One of the joys of Christmas is observing the many ways it is celebrated in different countries around the globe,” remarked Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle. “These traditions and influences have become part of the American fabric, especially in Huntsville. As an international City, we are excited to highlight the many cultures represented in our community in the annual Christmas parade.”
This year’s official Grand Marshal is the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champ, Erin Howard.
"I am so honored to have been chosen as the Grand Marshal of this year’s Huntsville Christmas Parade," said Erin. "I really enjoyed watching the parade when I was younger, so I am very excited to now be a part of it."
Registration for the 2019 Huntsville Christmas Parade officially opened to the public on September 4 and will remain open through November 1 through 4:00 p.m. Interested participants can find registration information at mix969huntsville.com. Participation is limited and registrations will be reviewed by a panel for approval. Early registration is encouraged.
“It’s important to all of us at WRSA and the VBC to provide a high-quality parade for the Huntsville community,” commented WRSA Midday Host and Parade Coordinator Blair Davis. “Registrants must provide detailed descriptions of what they envision for their floats and all must be well-lit to enhance the viewers experience during the nighttime parade.”
To further encourage high-quality floats, there will be three community judges who will judge based on different criteria including Creativity, Execution, and Theme Interpretation.
“The judging process, limited number of parade participants and strict guidelines all work together to help ensure a magical Christmas Parade procession through Downtown Huntsville,” continued Davis. “We hope everyone in the community comes out to enjoy the kickoff event to the Christmas season!”
The Huntsville Christmas Parade will begin on Clinton Avenue near the U.S. Post Office at 6:00 p.m., it will progress east on Clinton making a right onto Church Street taking the parade between Tinsel Trail and Skating in the Park. It will then make a left turn onto Williams Avenue and an immediate left onto Fountain Circle, where it will again turn left onto the downtown square. The parade will make its final turn going left onto Holmes Avenue.
For more information about the 2019 Huntsville Christmas Parade and to stay up-to-date on parade announcements that will be released leading up to the event, follow @HSVChristmasParade on Facebook.