The grand marshal for this year’s parade is former Kentucky U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield, who served the First Congressional District for 22 years before stepping down in 2016.
“HES & EnergyNet is proud to be the title sponsor of the 2017 Christmas Parade. We are excited to once again be a part of this special holiday event and look forward to celebrating Christmas with the Hopkinsville community,” said HES/EnergyNet General Manager Jeff Hurd.
Last year the Division of Parks and Recreation moved to a night parade which doubled the number of float entries from previous events. Parade organizers hope that this year’s theme, the popularity of the night parade, and the addition of more float awards, will result in another jump in float entries.
“The theme for this year allows for some very creative parade entries,” said Parks and Recreation Superintendent Tab Brockman. “Float themes can feature any group’s favorite holiday movie – from Peanuts, to Rudolph, to Home Alone - and all Christmas movies titles in between. We can’t wait to see what our businesses, clubs, civic groups and churches come up with for this year’s parade floats.”
Parks and Recreation is soliciting additional business sponsors to present additional awards to compliment the HES Grand Champion and the People’s Choice Award sponsored by WKDZ/WHVO. Up to five additional cash float awards will be added to this year’s parade recognition.
Again for 2017, the parade will be part of the daylong Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration. Downtown Renaissance happenings will begin with the all-day Christmas Market on the Square and include Dickens Alley once again during the proceedings. The popular Pennyrile Polar Express takes center stage on Ninth Street during the late afternoon. The community Christmas Tree will be lit immediately after the parade. The evening concludes with the showing of The Polar Express movie at the Alhambra Theatre.
Parade entry forms are available at the Thomas Street Rec Center or online at www.hoptownrec.com. For information about the Pennyrile Polar Express, contact the Pennyroyal Area Museum at 270-887-4270 or online at www.museumsofhopkinsville.org.