Annual Johnson City Christmas Parade returns to downtown

Hannah Swayze • Updated Dec 2, 2017 at 7:09 PM

 The community came out the see the annual Christmas parade in droves in downtown on Saturday morning.

The long parade was a trail of floats, trucks and creatively-decorated vehicles driven began in the East Tennessee State University parking lot at the corner of University Parkway and West State of Franklin Road and weaved its way onto West Walnut Street. After crossing East State of Franklin, it weaved through downtown Johnson Cit,y with participants waving and tossing out candy for the children eagerly waiting on the sidewalk.

Each float was decked out in Christmas decorations and many were decorated to fit this year's city-wide theme of, "A Storybook Christmas."

There were multiple Grinch characters present from Dr. Seuss's well-known book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and a few based on "Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas."

The parade also included an appearance and the performance of popular Christmas carols by the ETSU Marching Bucs and the Science Hill High School marching band. And, of course, at the end of the parade came Santa Claus.

After the parade ended, onlookers were invited to make their way over to "Whoville Village," which was set up under the Founders Park Pavilion.

In Whoville Village, families took advantage of many photo-booth opportunities, which included posing with Cindy Lou Who and the Grinch from "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Little children rode on a small train around the area, looking at the Christmas and Dr. Seuss decorations.

Food trucks like Carribean Grill and Auntie Ruth's Doughnuts quickly gained long lines under the pavilion as lunchtime caught up with everyone.

For Telena Martin, the parade was only the start of her Saturday. She has attended the Johnson City Christmas Parade for two years since she moved from Monroe County.

"We love it actually. We love the city. it's just that there's so much to do," Martin said after taking a photo of family member Matthew Witt.

Martin said she had reservations to go to Tipton Hayes Historical Site after they left Whoville village and then would be going to watch another Christmas parade that evening. Martin was very excited for the holiday season.

"We're in it. We're so excited," Martin said.

Though the parade is over, the holiday season isn't even close to the end. This weekend, the Holiday Splash: Fine Art and Craft Showcase Market will continue at Hands On! Regional Art Museum on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

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