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Posted on: September 23, 2020

2020 Christmas Parade planning begins

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Planning for the 2020 Clarksville Christmas Parade, scheduled for  Saturday, Dec. 5, in Downtown Clarksville, is in full swing, and the public is being asked to decide on critical pieces of the event.

Each year, the parade, hosted by the City and Montgomery County, has a central theme that guides the decoration of vehicles and costumes of participants. This year’s theme will be decided by the public through online voting. Options include gingerbread houses, Polar Express, songs of Christmas and snow globes. 

In addition to the theme, a special group of businesses and organizations will serve as the parade’s Grand Marshals. “Frontline” businesses and organizations are defined as those that continue to provide essential services or key public services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic such as medical, government, human services, infrastructure, manufacturing and other miscellaneous personnel. Frontline businesses and organizations that are interested in having representation in the parade may apply online. 

“Our Frontline personnel have worked to serve our community throughout this pandemic,” Clarksville Mayor Joe Pitts said. “Honoring them collectively as parade grand marshals will be a special way to show our thanks during our traditional holiday celebration.”

Theme voting and Grand Marshals’ applications are available through Oct. 16 at or The winning theme will be announced in mid-October. A list of qualified frontline workers is also available on the Clarksville Parks & Recreation website. 

Registration for the Clarksville Christmas Parade will begin on Oct. 1. More information about this year’s parade can be found at

About Clarksville Parks & Recreation

Clarksville Parks & Recreation provides a variety of indoor/outdoor programs, facilities, nature activities and entertainment events for people living in the Montgomery County and Fort Campbell area. These free or reasonably priced, year-round experiences help residents enhance their health, wellness, and social engagement—resulting in a stronger, better community.

A scene from the 2019 Christmas Parade.

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