The 2018 City of Paducah Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, December 1 in downtown Paducah.
The parade begins at 5 p.m. at 14th and Broadway and travels down Broadway until it turns left at 2nd Street. The parade will then travel down second until it reaches Monroe where it will disband. Parade participants are encouraged to continue moving down 2nd Street toward the Farmers’ Market pavilion to maintain the flow of the parade.
The theme of the 2018 Christmas Parade is A Comic Book Christmas. Music and lights are required on all parade entries. Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the end of the parade on the official Santa float and will be available for photos after the parade at the downtown gazebo.
Parade applications will be available in early October on this page and at the Paducah Parks & Recreation office on H.C. Mathis Drive. The Parks Department will mail applications in early October to those who participated last year. The deadline to enter the parade is November 6. Late entries will incur a $25 penalty fee. Entries will not be accepted after Tuesday, November 13.
Parade entries will marshal on Broadway between 14th and Fountain Avenue, on Fountain Avenue between Broadway and Jefferson, and on Jefferson between 14th and Fountain Avenue. Streets will be closed in the staging area beginning at 2:30 p.m. on December 1. Streets along the parade route will close at 3:30 p.m. The Parks & Recreation Department also asks the public to refrain from parking in the parade preparation area from 2 to 6 p.m. to help limit the congestion of vehicles and floats.
Parade participants will be given their parade packets, numbers, and line up information at a parade meet and greet at the Parks & Recreation office located at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive on Tuesday, November 20 at 5:30 p.m. Any questions can be discussed at this time. All participants should send a representative to pick up their packet at this meeting.
For more information about the Christmas Parade and Paducah Parks & Recreation, call 270-444-8508.