Christmas Parade returns December 5

Santa rides on the back of Morristown’s First Fire Truck at the close of last year’s Downtown Morristown Christmas Parade.

Downtown Morristown will once again ring in the holiday season.

The city’s annual Downtown Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The parade route begins at the corner of Jackson Street and West Main Street, runs through East Main Street before ending at the corner of East Main and Evans Avenue.

“I expect the parade to be just as large, if not larger, than last year. It’s a big deal,” said Barbara Garrow, executive director of Crossroads Downtown Partnership. “(People from around the area) line the streets and up on the Sky Mall.”

For the sixth straight year, the Christmas Parade will be live-streamed on the Citizen Tribune’s website, sponsored by Lowland Credit Union, the Hamblen County Car Club, Moyers Veterinary Hospital, Weichert Realtors and Tiger Real Estate.

The parade was originally an undertaking organized by the city of Morristown before the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce took over the assignment on the city’s behalf. When Garrow took over the leadership of Crossroads in 2013, her organization became responsible for the parade.

Shelly Shropshire, vice president of the Crossroads Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, said the holiday season has officially arrived with the upcoming parade, and the Christmas decorations that have already been set up on Main Street.

“The decorations are up, and the Christmas tree (located at the Farmers’ Market) will be decorated soon,” she said. “The street decorations look great – and it feels like Christmas.”

Marching bands from both Morristown-Hamblen East High School and Morristown-Hamblen West High School will be participating in the event, as well as several floats, which will be competing with one another for honors. One hundred and six participants are part of the parade, forming 232 different units, meaning floats, marchers or individual units as part of one group. The length of the parade is just shy of a mile if every unit was lined up from end to end.

Members of the Morristown Police Department, the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office and the Morristown Fire Department will also be participating in the parade.

“We have a lot of new participants this year (for the parade),” Garrow said. “We have both bands from Morristown East and West participating, and the (Hamblen County Car Club) will be bringing in their classic cars.”

Barbara Simmons, the now-retired, long-time director of Central Services on South Cumberland Street, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade, sponsored by the Citizen Tribune. Dr. Andrew Kruer, veterinarian at the Animal Hospital in Morristown, will once again serve as the director for the parade.

“He’s the one who makes sure everything is in order. He loves Christmas and Christmas parades,” Garrow said.

Participants in the parade will be meeting in the gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m. for final instructions.

Downtown Morristown will once again ring in the holiday season.

The city’s annual Downtown Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. The parade route begins at the corner of Jackson Street and West Main Street, runs through East Main Street before ending at the corner of East Main and Evans Avenue.

“I expect the parade to be just as large, if not larger, than last year. It’s a big deal,” said Barbara Garrow, executive director of Crossroads Downtown Partnership. “(People from around the area) line the streets and up on the Sky Mall.”

For the sixth straight year, the Christmas Parade will be live-streamed on the Citizen Tribune’s website, sponsored by Lowland Credit Union, the Hamblen County Car Club, Moyers Veterinary Hospital, Weichert Realtors and Tiger Real Estate.

The parade was originally an undertaking organized by the city of Morristown before the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce took over the assignment on the city’s behalf. When Garrow took over the leadership of Crossroads in 2013, her organization became responsible for the parade.

Shelly Shropshire, vice president of the Crossroads Downtown Partnership Board of Directors, said the holiday season has officially arrived with the upcoming parade, and the Christmas decorations that have already been set up on Main Street.

“The decorations are up, and the Christmas tree (located at the Farmers’ Market) will be decorated soon,” she said. “The street decorations look great – and it feels like Christmas.”

Marching bands from both Morristown-Hamblen East High School and Morristown-Hamblen West High School will be participating in the event, as well as several floats, which will be competing with one another for honors. One hundred and six participants are part of the parade, forming 232 different units, meaning floats, marchers or individual units as part of one group. The length of the parade is just shy of a mile if every unit was lined up from end to end.

Members of the Morristown Police Department, the Hamblen County Sheriff’s Office and the Morristown Fire Department will also be participating in the parade.

“We have a lot of new participants this year (for the parade),” Garrow said. “We have both bands from Morristown East and West participating, and the (Hamblen County Car Club) will be bringing in their classic cars.”

Barbara Simmons, the now-retired, long-time director of Central Services on South Cumberland Street, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the parade, sponsored by the Citizen Tribune. Dr. Andrew Kruer, veterinarian at the Animal Hospital in Morristown, will once again serve as the director for the parade.

“He’s the one who makes sure everything is in order. He loves Christmas and Christmas parades,” Garrow said.

Participants in the parade will be meeting in the gymnasium of First Presbyterian Church at 5:30 p.m. for final instructions.