Frequently Asked Questions
What can I do to help with the parade?
We hope you’ll get involved with us and make this the best Christmas parade we’ve ever had. Here are just a few things we need help with: Balloon sponsorships, Float Sponsorships, Volunteers: to help prep for the parade, to help marshal the parade, and to help tear down after the parade and Parade Marshals – Will help direct parade...
What is the Parade Route this year?
The rectangular parade route will begin at 7th Street and Boston Avenue, traveling north to 3rd Street, west to Boulder Ave, south to 7th. Staging areas: Areas between 7th, 10th, Boulder, and Cincinnati will be used for staging and disbanding the floats.
Will there be a LIVE broadcast on TV?
Yes, definitely. There will be a full LIVE broadcast of the complete parade on our Channel 8 at 6pm on December 12!
Will there be awards given for best and most creative floats?
Award winners will be announced during the parade. Categories include Best Commercial Entry, Best Non-Commercial Entry, Best Religious Entry, Best Marching Unit and the Judges Choice Award
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: DECEMBER 12TH AT 6:00PM – DOWNTOWN TULSA, OK
Tulsa Christmas Parade History
Tulsans have come together to celebrate Christmas in a downtown parade for many decades, dating back to at least the 1920s. And, like any great tradition in Tulsa, the Tulsa Christmas Parade features a rich and enduring history. Check out the Parade time-line below for the most fascinating facts about our beloved downtown celebration.
1926 — The Tulsa Christmas Parade had become a major community event in Tulsa. This is the year Santa and his live reindeer appeared before a capacity crowd of at least 50,000 parade goers.
1933 — The parade became a big draw for downtown stores, which stayed open later than their normal hours to take advantage of the huge crowd of shoppers. Santa that year rode in a sleigh made of rubber tires and the theme was wonders from around the world.
1942 — Christmas, 1942. 4th and Main. The parade would see a several year hiatus because of World War II. Picture Courtesy BFC/TRC/THS/TCL
1950 — TU Marching band leading the Tulsa Parade. Called the Yuletide parade, the downtown parade boasted at least a dozen floats.
1960 — Blast from Tulsa’s Past, circa 1960’s. Photo credit: Scott Hamilton.
1963 — In 1963, the parade was postponed a week due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Photo credit: Scott Hamilton. Circa 1960.
1973 — During the energy crisis of 1973, the city waited until Dec. 1 to put up downtown Christmas lights, 15 days later than normal. And the lights were turned off at 10 p.m. nightly to conserve electricity. It didn’t affect the parade, which was held in the daytime.
1980 — The start of the 1980 parade featured flags topped with yellow ribbons reminding parade-goers of the 52 American hostages held in Iran.
1987 — For a time, the parade was held during the day to help downtown businesses, but in the 1980s the parade was held at nighttime, better to see the festive lights.
2014 — A group of community and business leaders came together to organized the region’s favorite parade and to ensure that each year a worthwhile charity would benefit from the funds raised for our Tulsa tradition.
2015 — Today, 80 years later, we celebrate the Christmas tradition once again, coming together with a desire to bring the true spirit of Christmas to our annual parade celebration.
Forms Due by:
November, 30 2015
Please be sure to check each of the following before submitting this application:
- Verify all information on this page
- Sign and date the hold harmless agreement
- Include sketch of proposed float design
- Read and understand all 2015 Christmas Parade of Tulsa rules and regulations
- Mail or email the form to:
Christmas Parade of Tulsa
1420 W 35th St
Tulsa, OK 74107
Float & Sponsor Information
Stand Out from the Crowd
Depending upon what sponsorship level you choose, you can have an effective advertising message that will be seen by thousands of Tulsans. The targeted demographic is the multitude of families in the Tulsa area who love and embrace the heartwarming tradition of a Downtown Christmas parade. You’ll be able to showcase your brand to that audience in a dynamic and unique way—empowering your company’s message and making a huge impression on potential customers in our community.
Hey, Tulsa businesses…you can enjoy this year’s Tulsa Christmas Parade from the beautiful grandstand seating right on the parade route. You’ll have an up close spot to see all of the floats, balloons, marching bands and costumed characters, all with the comfort and ease of reserved bleacher seating. Includes access to portable restrooms, as well as food and beverage in the area. Great for your employees and guests.
VIP tickets are sold out!
Help create the true spirit of Christmas this year and join in the fellowship of our Tulsa Christmas Parade as a volunteer!
We need you to help make this event the best parade Tulsa has ever seen! We will all be celebrating the true reason for the season with our theme, “Old-Fashion Family Christmas”.
We are in need of the following:
- Balloon sponsorships
- Float Sponsorships
- Volunteers: to help prep for the parade, to help marshal the parade, and to help tear down after the parade.
- Parade Marshals – Will help direct parade participants and/or patrons on day of parade.
- Together we can make a difference.
Please spread the good word and don’t hesitate to contact us.
Learn More About The Tulsa Christmas Parade