Bringing Seasonal Cheer to Downtown Saturday, December 17
Mobile, Ala. (December 14, 2011) – Mobile’s Christmas & Holiday Parade is poised to once again bring the holiday season to the streets of downtown Mobile on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:30 p.m. As with year’s past, the 2011 parade will feature high school marching bands, colorful holiday floats, giant balloons and, of course, Santa Claus!
Mobile’s Christmas & Holiday Parade is presented by BAE Systems and the parade will feature floats and balloons sponsored by the city of Mobile and local companies including wellbornIdeas, Austal USA, Fox 10/WNFA, USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Renaissance Riverview Plaza, The Battle House Hotel, Jim Barnes Enterprises/McDonalds, BayFest, Thyssenkrupp Steel USA, Briggs Equipment and the Mobile County Bicentennial Commission. The parade will also feature holiday music from the Murphy, Davidson, and Alma Bryant High School marching bands, as well as the James Seals Community Band, Plateau Band and the Thomas Sullivan Band. Other groups that participate in the parade include the Azalea Trail Maids, the Mobile International Festival, and the Shrine Street Camels. The holiday procession will also include antique vehicles, area school children, dance units, and furry, adoptable pets presented by the Mobile SPCA.
As an accompaniment to the Christmas & Holiday Parade, Christmas Kid’s Day in Bienville will run between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Bienville Square, with free fun activities such as face painting, karaoke, balloon clowns, and crafts. A special Holiday Market on the Square from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Cathedral Square. The market will feature Roman Street playing music from their latest holiday album and over 40 vendors selling fresh fruits, veggies, breads, and pastas perfect for holiday parties along with hand-crafted gifts from local artisans and craftsmen.
The parade will start at Mobile Civic Center on Claiborne Street, taking a right on Government Street, a left on Royal Street, a left on Dauphin Street and finally a left on Claiborne Street to finish back at the Civic Center. Downtown streets on the parade route will be closed at 12:30 p.m. and all vehicles parked along the parade route should be moved two hours prior to the parade start. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be presented on Sunday, December 18, at 2:00 p.m.