By Maya Martin
The Oxford Christmas Parade returns to historic Downtown Square and University Avenue on December 6th at 6:30 pm.
The parade begins on 5th Street and University Avenue from the Gertrude C. Ford Center, moving then to the Square and ends at North Lamar on Price Street, where the Oxford Activity Center is located.
Visit Oxford Executive Director Kinney Ferris said she was happy to have one of her favorite Christmas events for another tour to have the city.
“The Oxford Christmas Parade is my favorite thing to do and a part of it every year,” said Ferris. “I know everyone is excited to have it back and have it in person.”
A Christmas parade was planned by organizers and city officials last year with the idea of a drive-through parade with the floats parked stay, but people can drive past them in the parking lot of the mTrade Park. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the parade for 2020 has been finally canceled.
This year’s parade theme is “Christmas Joy” and all participants are encouraged to play Christmas music, but only one Santa Claus is allowed and will be on the last wagon of the Parade.
Spectators can look forward to floats from local organizations such as the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for their Oxford shop, Oxford Dance Academy and mTrade Park, as well as performances by the Lafayette County Schools and Oxford Schools Marching Bands.
Wear comfortable shoes or bring a chair because Ferris says this parade will last about an hour and a half.
“It will be long, but I think it will be fun and the weather will play along,” she said .
Visit Oxford and the Chamber have worked to ensure that their usual holiday events go beyond a single weekend and have pushed for 12 days of Christmas celebrations and themed events.
” We try to give people a fun vacation and a family experience, ”said Ferris. “This Christmas parade is part of it. So we’re just encouraging people to come out and enjoy family things. “