Missed it? Watch the WIVK Christmas Parade here
WIVK is set to bring the holidays to downtown Knoxville with its yearly Christmas parade!
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The 48th Annual WIVK Christmas Parade is Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Knoxville. The parade steps off from Howard Baker Jr. Avenue and goes down Gay Street.
If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the parade on the WVLT Facebook page and all major streaming platforms. Morning anchors Harry Sullivan and Casey Wheeless are hosting the parade live stream.
More than 100 different organizations are participating in the parade, including area high school marching bands, dancers, singers, local fire departments, community organizations, churches, classic automobiles, radio personalities, WIVK the Frog, and Santa Claus.
Free parking is available at all city-owned garages and the Dwight Kessel Garage.
WVLT News spoke to law enforcement about security for the parade, and KPD representative Scott Erland said those attending the parade should feel safe and have fun.
“We feel like yes, you can feel incredibly safe,” Erland said. “This is a family-friendly, wonderful event. Obviously, we hope that people do take this opportunity to come here and celebrate this. This is another one of these series of the City of Knoxville’s Christmas in the City.”
Eastbound lanes of Howard Baker Jr. Avenue between Hill Avenue and Hall of Fame Drive will be closed from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Roads on the parade route will close at 6:30 p.m. and reopen after the parade, at approximately 8:30 p.m. This closure includes Market Street and Union Avenue, between Walnut and Gay.
Drivers should avoid Summit Hill Drive. All four lanes of cross traffic will be stopped as the parade goes through the intersection. Also, the 800 block of Gay Street continues to be closed due to work involving a large commercial crane.
Active traffic updates can be found on TDOT’s SmartWay website.
We caught up with some people in attendance like Mark Flezak, who traveled an hour and a half from New Tazwell to bring his dog Bear, dressed in a Santa costume for people to enjoy. One mother of four saw the dog, sprinted across the sidewalk and said, “he’s so cute I wanted a picture with my children”.
While dad’s like Aaron Cox had their kids on their shoulders saying, “You got to pick them up on their shoulders it’s the only way with so many people walking by”.
This year’s Grand Marshals are honoring healthcare heroes from Covenant Health, UT Medical Center, Tennova, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
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