Blue Plum announces plans for Johnson City Christmas parade


“The Nutcracker” will be the theme of the 2021 Johnson City Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be presented by the Blue Plum Organization.

“The holiday parade is a much-anticipated event in the Johnson City community and we are so pleased to bring this tradition back after taking a pause last year due to the pandemic,” said Jennifer Clements, parade director and member of the Blue Plum Organization. “Last year, in lieu of the parade, we created the Christmas in the Park event which was a huge success, and we are excited that our Downtown Johnson City friends will continue that tradition again this year. We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our community.”

Clements said groups and individuals are encouraged to create floats to be part of the parade. Registration for businesses and organizations wishing to enter floats opened on Nov. 1. The deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 22.

First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to the floats that best incorporate this year’s theme.

The parade will start on the campus of East Tennessee State University and will cross University Parkway and travel onto W. Walnut St. Turning onto Buffalo Street, the parade will cross East State of Franklin and continue down East Main Street. The route will then turn onto Colonial Way and conclude in the Old Burley Lot at the corner of Legion Street and East State of Franklin.

Registration information and other details about the 2021 parade are available at


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