The Tulsa Christmas Parade brings cheer and tradition on December 9.
Led by Charles Scott and Denise Jaqua, the University of Tulsa band marches south on Boston Avenue between East Fourth and Fifth streets in the 1949 Tulsa Christmas Parade.
Courtesy Beryl Ford Collection/Rotary Club Of Tulsa, Tulsa City-County Library and Tulsa Historical Society
Since 1926, thousands of children and adults have crowded the streets of downtown to catch a glimpse of floats and marching bands in the Tulsa Christmas Parade. This year’s parade theme is “A Storybook Christmas,” highlighting Tulsan Jessica Gullo’s new 128-page book with stories and photos from the parade’s 91-year history.
Unlike recent years, the 2017 parade will be an afternoon event. “Traditionally, it has been a night-time parade, but our goal was to make the event friendly for families, singles and the whole of Tulsa,” says Paul Ross, vice president of the parade sponsor, American Waste Control. “We’re getting positive feedback, and we can’t wait to see the turnout.”
The parade will begin at 2 p.m., Dec. 9, at East Sixth Street and South Boston Avenue. The route will proceed north on Boston to East Third Street, west on Third, down South Boulder Avenue and end at Sixth and Boulder. Visit tulsachristmasparade.org.