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Tahlequah Christmas Parade set to take over Muskogee Avenue

Published 12/7/17

Ana Davis

TNE Writer

The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and Fair Point Communications are set to present the annual Tahlequah Christmas Parade.

The parade lineup continues to grow year after year. This year there are over 70 entries, more entries than last year.

“I have been super impressed by the number of entries we have this year,” said Alicia McDowell, parade coordinator. “We have a ton of new entries. It is really shaping up to be a great parade the community will be excited for.”

This year the Grand Marshall is Isabel Baker.  The parade will last about an hour and a half and will be followed up with an appearance from the big man himself, Santa. The parade will see entries from local area bands, local churches and local restaurants, just to name a few.

“We are super excited for the parade this year,” said Ryan Lehnick, Buffalo Wild Wings manager. “It’s important to give back to your community. By us helping and supporting our community, we have gained their trust. They in return help us with fundraisers we decide to have.”

Every year a major concern for the parade coordinators is parking. At 3 p.m., the day of the parade barricades will be placed along Grand Avenue beginning at Allen Road near the NSU football stadium, moving south to Goingsnake Street.

Staging areas for parade entries include the stadium parking lots, Crafton Street and the NSU library. However, road closings on Muskogee Avenue will not be put in place until 5:30 p.m., right before the parade starts.

"We understand this can be an inconvenience for downtown shoppers, as well as citizens around town,” said Ed Carr, city administrator, in an article published by the Tahlequah Daily Press. “Last year, the east side of the street was closed entirely for the parade. After coming to an agreement with several downtown business owners, we've decided to not close the street parking until the afternoon."

City officials want to make sure nobody gets hurt during what everyone is hoping turns out to be a fun family-filled night. In addition to the road closures, there will be a police presence from the bike patrol leading up to the parade during the parking and street closure process.

The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce facilitates volunteer hours during the parade, as well as other chamber-organized events.

“We live in a college town with lots of students on scholarships,” said Cami Highers, volunteer director. “These events always require lots of help and we are always looking for individuals to volunteer for these events. We want to help college students get their volunteer hours, or anyone looking to volunteer for that matter.”

The parade will take place from 6-9 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 on Muskogee Avenue.

For more information, call the TACC at 918-456-3742.

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