2021 Candy Cane Hunt and Christmas Parade

Date of release: December 2, 2021

Candy Cane Hunt:  The Parks & Recreation Department’s award-winning Candy Cane Hunt will be this Saturday, December 4, on the National Quilt Museum’s lawn located at 215 Jefferson Street.  Registration begins at 11:45 a.m. for this free event where children ages 10 and under race to find candy canes. The children will be divided into four age groups and will race at different times to collect more than 5000 candy canes.  The National Quilt Museum will be offering free admission following the event.  The hunts will be at 12:30 p.m. for children 3 and under; 12:50 p.m. for children 4 and 5 years of age, 1:10 p.m. for children 6 and 7 years of age, and 1:30 p.m. for children 8 to 10 years old. Parking is available in the Farmers’ Market lot.

Kids can also take part in the Yeiser Art Center Coloring Contest anytime from noon until 2 p.m.  Yeiser will announce the winners next week with prizes for the winning entries.

In 2019, the Kentucky Recreation & Park Society named the Candy Cane Hunt as the Class IV Program of the Year.

Christmas Parade:  The annual City of Paducah Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 in downtown Paducah.  The parade begins at 5 p.m. at 14th and Broadway and travels down Broadway to 2nd Street.  The parade will then turn left on 2nd Street and continue to Monroe Street where it will disband.  Parade participants are encouraged to continue moving on 2nd Street toward the Farmers’ Market pavilion to maintain the flow of the parade. 

The theme for the 2021 Christmas Parade is It’s a Super Christmas! with music and lighting required on each of the parade’s 85 entries.  Participants will be celebrating their favorite superheroes, hometown or make-believe.  Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the end of the parade riding in a Paducah fire truck. 

To honor local heroes, healthcare employees from Mercy Health and Baptist Health will be the Christmas Parade Grand Marshals.  Approximately 150 healthcare heroes and their families will be walking the parade route or riding the honorary float. 

Parade entries will marshal on Broadway between 13th and Fountain Avenue, on Fountain Avenue between Broadway and Monroe, and on Jefferson between 13th and Fountain Avenue.  Streets will be closed in the staging area by 3 p.m. on Saturday.  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. 

For more information about Parks Department-related activities, visit the Parks & Recreation Department at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, call 270-444-8508, or visit us online at www.paducahky.gov.

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