Clarksville Christmas Parade

Date & TIME

Saturday, December 5, 2020
5:00 PM

The annual Christmas Parade is held on the first Saturday in December at 5 pm.  

Businesses, civic organizations, government agencies, and churches are invited to be a part of this tradition by walking, preparing a float, or driving a fun vehicle all decked out in holiday cheer!  


October 1-November 20, 2020



Songs of Christmas

grand marshal

We would like to recognize those that have been working the Frontlines throughout the pandemic.

Frontline businesses or organizations must apply by November 16, 2020! 

The number of representatives each business or organization can send as a Marshal will be determined based on the number of applications received. 

Frontline businesses are defined below.

Apply now!


The parade begins at Austin Peay and runs through Historic Downtown Clarksville.

Participant Information

Businesses, non-profits, and community groups are all encouraged to participate in the parade!

Entry Fees

  • Business/Commercial: $30 entry fee + $20 VISA gift card (submitted at parade check-in). 
  • Civic / Church: $20 VISA gift card (submitted at parade check-in).
  • City / County Offices: $20 VISA gift card (submitted at parade check-in).

    VISA gift cards should be submitted at parade check-in and will be donated to Gold Star Families and United Way.


Awards will be presented to 1st through 3rd place winners in each division. Judging will take place from 3:30 to 4:15 PM. Winners will be acknowledged as they pass the judges' stand on Public Square.


Some rules for the parade have changed this year so please read carefully.

  1. Parade entries (floats, vehicles, or walkers) are no longer permitted to hand out or throw candy at any time. Instead, in an effort to provide a safer experience, Candy Stations will be placed along the route. 
  2. Floats must be built on a trailer no smaller than four feet by eight feet’ and must follow the theme of the parade.
  3. Walkers accompanying floats must be kept to a minimum and dressed in holiday attire or a uniform (and lights).
  4. All horses must include clean up personnel and will be located at the end of the parade.
  5. No candy can be thrown from any entry during the parade due to safety issues of doing a nighttime parade. Please abide by this rule. The parade organizers will provide the ONLY Santa and Mrs. Claus in the parade.
  6. At check-in you will be provided a number, please place this number in the front right windshield of the vehicle for proper identification at the grandstand.
  7. All floats must carry a fire extinguisher and no open flames will be allowed on floats.
  8. Due to the growing popularity of the parade, it is limited to 1 vehicle per registration.
  9. We reserve the right to refuse participation of any entry deemed inappropriate or if the entry does not comply with the stated rules.

Light Requirements

This is the minimum requirement to participate; as a rule, more is better!

  • Floats must have a minimum of 1,000 lights
  • Vehicles must have 250 lights
  • Horses and Motorcycles must have 100 lights each
  • Walkers must have 25 lights
  • Vehicles towing floats must be fully decorated.


Check-in- will take place in the parking lot between Burt Elementary and APSU's Mass Communications building. Look for the white tents!

All participants should have received an email with their assigned group. 

- Group A- 12:30 pm- 1:00 pm

- Group B- 1:00 pm- 1:30 pm

- Group C- 1:30 pm- 2:00 pm

- Group D- 2:00 pm- 2:30 pm

- Group E- 2:30 pm- 3:00 pm

- Group F- 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm


The parade route will begin on 8th Street on the campus of APSU. From 8th Street, floats will proceed to College and then to University and begin following the same route as years past going around Public Square, then around the Historic Courthouse, and back to Franklin. From Franklin Street, turn onto 8th Street, back onto the Campus.

Spectators can enjoy the parade for free anywhere along the route which begins at Austin Peay and goes through Historic Downtown Clarksville. For safety purposes, spectators are encouraged to stay off the roadway during the parade. 

Click here to see the 2020 Christmas Parade route

Qualified Frontline workers include:

Medical Professionals

• Medical Personnel of hospitals, clinics, medical practices and services, laboratories, mental health and substance abuse services, dental offices, pharmacies, public health entities, biotechnical company employees, medical research personnel, medical device and equipment personnel, vendors, medical transportation personnel including entities that transport and dispose of medical materials, medical manufacturing personnel, administrative personnel necessary to operations

• Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental and behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident

Government Personnel

• Law Enforcement personnel

• Emergency Dispatchers including those who support 911

• Legislators and Legislative Branch officials and employees

• Judges, judicial branch employees, court personnel, jurors and grand jurors, attorneys, and attorney support staff

• Paramedics

• Firefighters

• Corrections Officers and corrections and community supervision personnel

• Hazardous Materials personnel

• Housing and Shelter personnel

• Election officials and operations

• Child Protection and Child Welfare personnel

• Park Personnel that provide admission, maintenance and operation of park facilities

• Military

• Federal, state and local government personnel

• Social Workers

• All personnel and essential functions to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies or to provide for or support the health, safety and welfare of the public

Human Services Personnel 

• Government or government-funded services through state-operated institutional, or community-based settings, long-term care facilities, child care centers and homes, residential settings and shelters for adults, seniors, children and people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, or mental illness, transitional facilities and home-based facilities to serve individuals described above

• Field offices to provide and help to determine eligibility for basic needs: SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, Child Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Services, developmental centers, adoption agencies, food banks, and shelters

• Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities including for purposes of facilitating distance learning, schools providing food services on a carry-out basis, or performing other essential functions

Infrastructure Personnel

• Personnel who produce, distribute and sell food, including grocery stores, certified farmers markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, convenience stores, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage stores

• Transportation personnel

• Construction-related services including construction related to this public health emergency such as the construction of long-term care facilities, public works construction, school construction, construction related to Essential Activity or Essential Services, housing construction

• Personnel who work at gas stations, travel centers and truck stops

• Building management and maintenance, landscape management

• Airport operations

• Operation and maintenance of all utilities; water, sewer, gas, electrical services, including power generation, distribution and production of raw materials, distributions centers; oil and biofuel refining

• Services related to roads, highways, railroads, ports, public transportation

• Cybersecurity operations; internet, video, telecommunications systems and computing infrastructure systems

• Personnel providing automotive repair, maintenance, and transportation equipment manufacturing and distribution facilities including those who repair and maintain electric vehicle charging stations

• Workers who repair and maintain vehicles, aircraft, rail equipment, marine vessels, bicycles, and the equipment and infrastructure that enables operations that encompass the movement of cargo and passengers

Manufacturing Personnel

• Manufacturing and Distribution personnel producing and supplying essential products and services in and for industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, biotechnology, health care, chemicals, sanitation, waste pickup and disposal, agriculture and agricultural products, household consumer products, transportation, energy, steel and steel products, petroleum and fuel, mining, construction, defense and national defense and communications

• Food and beverage manufacturing workers, production workers, processing workers

• Farmers, ranch workers, livestock workers, fishers, and other agricultural production workers, including cultivation, marketing, production, and distribution of animals and goods for consumption, pet food, feed, and ingredient production, packaging, and distribution; manufacturing, packaging, and distribution of veterinary drugs; and truck delivery and transport.

Miscellaneous Personnel

• Wedding and Funeral personnel

• Media personnel

• Attorneys and attorney support staff

• Financial Institutions and Insurance personnel including workers supporting production and distribution of debit and credit cards.

• Hardware and Supply personnel including employees of hardware stores

• Charitable Organizations personnel

• Mail, postal, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up personnel

• Businesses that provide food, shelter, and other necessities of life for animals, including animal shelters, rescues, shelters, kennels, adoption facilities, zoos, and aquariums

• Laundry services personnel; including laundromats, dry cleaners, industrial cleaning and services

• Restaurant personnel for the purposes of food preparation and service for off-premises consumption

• Business Supply personnel that sell, manufacture or supply products for supplies necessary to support work from home or business operations

• Hotel and Motel personnel

• Workers supporting the operation of firearm, or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges

• Workers supporting Census 2020

• Weather forecasters

• Clergy for essential support

• Residential and commercial real estate services, including settlement services.

Montgomery County Tennessee
City of Clarksville Tennessee