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Tulsa Christmas Parade plans traditional parade, but has a back up plan

Posted at 10:26 AM, Sep 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 17:35:45-04

TULSA, Okla. — The 94th Tulsa Christmas Parade is happening!

Officials announced the 90 year parade tradition is planned to continue as a normal, traditional parade. The theme for 2020 is "A Christmas Joyride."

But they said they are making a secondary plan or back-up plan that includes making the parade a drive thru.

Our message to Tulsa is that the parade is happening! We want to make sure that each Tulsan will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite Christmas moments. Whether it ends up being a drive-through parade or the traditional parade, we want to invite all of Tulsa to come out.
Paul Ross, Vice President of American Waste Control

Officials said the parade is schedule for December 12, 2020. The time of the parade has yet to be announced.

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Below is a state from the Jessica Gullo, the Directory of the Tulsa Christmas Parade:

Our mission as the organizers of the award-winning Tulsa Christmas Parade is to continue the over 90-year tradition of celebrating Christmas as a community. When the parade committee met in January this year to begin plans for the 2020 Tulsa Christmas Parade, none of us could have foreseen the events that would soon unfold, impacting the Tulsa community and communities all over the world. Our hearts are with the families affected by this unprecedented time in which we live.

While we cannot erase the hardships experienced by our community, our country, and the entire world in recent months, this year, more than ever, our goal is to offer everyone a place to find encouragement

and joy. Our hope is to help people rediscover their joy each year, and we invite the community to re-member that Christmas is a time to celebrate and experience the true spirit of the season: peace on earth and goodwill toward all people.

As events around the world are cancelled, we understand both the difficult decisions of event organiz-ers around the globe, and the disappointment from communities eager to come together again. We have no idea what the state of events and gatherings will be like in December. Still, we do know that one way or another, Christmas will be celebrated in Tulsa. After meeting with city officials and other leaders of our community, and taking into consideration many critical factors, we feel the best option for this year is to make plans for a drive-through parade.

On behalf of the parade committee, I would like to thank our presenting sponsor American Waste Con-trol, and all our sponsors, without whom the parade could not happen. Special acknowledgment also goes to parade supporter Tulsa Pop Kids for inspiring me with their event, The Drive-Thru Experience, which is proof that a drive-through parade is possible.

We know there will be many questions, and many answers will come as plans unfold. We have provided more information below and will continue to update everyone through our website and social media as we continue to develop this year's parade.

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