Knoxville's Christmas parade will go on rain or shine

Knoxville's Christmas parade will go on rain or shine

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Then, the parade will wind its way to Gay Street and Jackson Avenue. Floats will continue over the Gay Street viaduct and wrap up at Depot Avenue. Then, the parade will wind its way to Gay Street and Jackson Avenue. Floats will continue over the Gay Street viaduct and wrap up at Depot Avenue.
"I'm probably going to leave my car at work and carpool with someone else who has lot parking," said resident Lauren Barbee. "I'm probably going to leave my car at work and carpool with someone else who has lot parking," said resident Lauren Barbee.
"It's been a time for a group of us girls to get together," said Diana Gilbert. "We usually reserve a table in front of Sapphire and it's a start of the Christmas time." "It's been a time for a group of us girls to get together," said Diana Gilbert. "We usually reserve a table in front of Sapphire and it's a start of the Christmas time."
"Production is going on as planned. There have been no changes whatsoever," said Kendra Brewer, Knoxville's special events coordinator. "Santa will be there. We just ask [you] to be prepared for the elements." "Production is going on as planned. There have been no changes whatsoever," said Kendra Brewer, Knoxville's special events coordinator. "Santa will be there. We just ask [you] to be prepared for the elements."

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Preparations are underway for Knoxville's annual Christmas parade. It starts Friday at 7 p.m.

The parade route begins on Howard Baker Jr. to Church Street, turning right onto Gay Street, then continuing onto Jackson Ave. Floats will continue over Gay St. Viaduct and conclude at Depot.

But while the parade brings Christmas cheer to downtown, it also brings headaches when it comes to parking.

The no parking signs are already decking the streets Thursday night and drivers beware, towing begins Friday afternoon.

"We will be out there at 4'oclock on Gay Street towing cars," explained Lt. Ronald Green with the Knoxville Police Department.

There is no parking on Church Street or Gay Street from Thursday until the parade's end, and downtown residents are prepared.

"I am probably going to leave my car at work and carpool with someone who has lot parking," said downtown resident Lauren Barbee.

It's Barbee's first Christmas parade and she's looking forward to the festivities.

"The parade is such a big event, and I'm just excited to see that," she explained.

But for others it's a holiday tradition.

"It's been a time for a group of us girls to get together. We usually reserve a table in front of Sapphires, and it's a start of the Christmas time" said Knoxville resident Diane Gilbert.

Friday though is supposed to bring rain showers, putting a damper on some of the fun.

"I think the rain will keep us at home," said Gilbert.

But the City of Knoxville says the parade will go on rain or shine.

"Production is going on as planned, there have been no changes what so ever. The kids want to see Santa, Santa will be there, we just ask to be prepared for the elements, bring an umbrella, bring a rain slicker," said Kendra Brewer, the special events coordinator for the City of Knoxville.

The Grant family says they're prepared for the weather.

"We will be there, we might go upstairs because we have windows that let us look down," said Knoxville resident Brian Grant.

In addition to Santa, the parade will also feature marching bands and dancers from around the area.

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