Santa Coming to Town Despite Rescheduled Parade

Santa Coming to Town Despite Rescheduled Parade

Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority regretfully announces that the 45th Annual West Alabama Christmas Parade has been rescheduled for 2021.

This is the first time in the Parade’s 45 years that the parade has not been presented by PARA. “In March, when COVID-19 guidelines were first enacted, we knew that we might not be able to host the typical parade with 15,000+ people in attendance, as we typically do,” said Becky Booker, parade chairperson. “We researched, studied different methods, and talked with peers across the nation and then planned a “reverse” parade.”

“We very much appreciate our community support and know that much time, hard work and holiday spirit goes into each float, decorated vehicle, marching group and band. However, low participation numbers prevented us from presenting a meaningful parade,” Booker said.

However, Santa is still coming to town! PARA has planned two “Santa Sightings” events where the public is welcome to participate in a Selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus.  

PARA’s Santa Sightings

Selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Date: December 4

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Location: Government Plaza, located at 2106 6th Street

Description: Selfies with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Must provide your own camera, no photographer is provided.

Theatre Tuscaloosa’s presentation of the original play, “Lights Out for Christmas in Cootah County: A Country (COVID) Christmas Carol”

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Government Plaza, located at 2106 6th Street

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

More information: https://tuscarts.org/treelightingpress2020.php

Please look forward to Holly Jolly in the Park, the second drive-up movie in the park, details to be announced on November 23 at 2:30 pm during a press conference in Jaycee Park hosted by Tuscaloosa City Councilman Kip Tyner and PARA.