Blue Plum announces plans for Johnson City Christmas parade

This year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade will celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary in style as the famed Budweiser Clydesdales will appear in the event, which is set for Dec. 7.

In honor of the city’s sesquicentennial celebration, “Johnson City – Past, Present and Future” will be the theme of the 2019 Johnson City Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 7. The parade will begin a 10:30 a.m. and will be powered by the Blue Plum Organization.

“One of the most beloved holiday traditions in Johnson City is the annual Christmas parade,” said Jennifer Clements, parade director and member of the Blue Plum Organization. “This year, not only will we celebrate the holiday season, but the parade will also be a tribute to the community we are proud to call home.”

Clements said groups and individuals are encouraged to create floats to be part of the parade. The deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 25.

This year’s parade will include an appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be presented as part of the “Best Float” competition.

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.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the parade. To sign up as a volunteer, learn how to register a float, or for more information, visit


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