PARA Reversing Christmas Parade for 45th Annual Event

PARA Reversing Christmas Parade for 45th Annual Event

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority announces a “Reverse” West Alabama Christmas Parade to be held on the traditional first Monday in December, on December 7, in Bowers Park, located at 2101 Bowers Park Drive.

Families looking for a fun and safe way to get into the holiday spirit, can attend the 45th Annual Christmas Parade. The reverse style parade is a creative way that communities across the nation have successfully maintained their parade events while embracing safety and social distancing.

“The Christmas Parade has been in existence since 1976 and represents a beloved historical tradition in our community. PARA had to figure out a safe way for Santa Claus and his reindeer to kick off the holiday season. The reverse aspect means that the floats, decorated vehicles, bands, etc. remain stationary, while the viewers will drive through the park to see the parade,” said Becky Booker, PR and Marketing Manager.

According to parade officials, the registration process will require an exact length of vehicle entry, which is critical for laying out the parade. A new option for participation in the parade will be spaces designated for “Holiday Scenes,” which are lights and decorations. This is a perfect option for groups or business who want to get involved and show their support while not physically present in the parade.

Grand Marshal nominations – for those with outstanding and lifetime service to the community - remain the same and are due by November 2. Nomination forms are available at

Parade entry forms, rules and parade route are soon to come by visiting The registration deadline is November 15, to allow time for layout according to category and size.

All details, including information about the Tree Lighting Ceremony, are coming soon. For more information, please visit our website.