The 60th-annual Christmas parade, hosted by the city of Clarksville and Montgomery County government, will be Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in downtown Clarksville.

The family of the late Mike Robinson – wife, Rhonda Robinson and children, Bryce, Bayleigh and Carly Robinson – will be this year’s grand marshals. Mike Robinson died in August from cancer. He was a popular local musician, coach and most importantly a husband and father. 

"Part of Mike’s legacy will always be how much he meant to this city and how much it meant to him. We continue to be overwhelmed and grateful for the support that our community has shown over the last two years and especially the last couple of months,” said Rhonda Robinson. 

“Our family is honored to have been asked to participate in this year’s parade. God molded Mike and used him in such an amazing way to show others that there is always hope. During this season of hope, the kids and I want to be able to continue his mission of spreading hope to others just as he did." 

The parade route will begin on Eighth Street on the campus of Austin Peay. From Eighth Street, floats will proceed to College Street and then to University Avenue. From there, the route is the same as years’ past, going around Public Square, the Historic Courthouse and back to Franklin Street. From there, the route will turn onto Eighth Street and then return to the Austin Peay campus.

The Christmas parade is an event for local businesses, schools and organizations to showcase their Christmas spirit by walking, preparing a float or driving a fun vehicle all decked out in holiday cheer. This year's theme is "Christmas through the Ages,” and participants will be encouraged to embrace the theme through music, dress and décor. The entry deadline is Nov. 22.

Enter at cityofclarksville.com/parade. Pre-registration is required. The fee is $30 for business and commercial entries. All entries must also be accompanied by a $20 Visa gift card. Church, civic groups and city and county offices need only submit the gift card. Gift cards will be presented to Survivor Outreach Services, which provides services and help families who have lost a loved one as a result of their service to the nation. In the Clarksville-Montgomery County area alone, there are more than 500 such families.

Awards will be presented to the first- through third-place winners in each division. Divisions include civic and church, business and commercial and city and county. Judging will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the parade. Winners will be acknowledged before the parade begins and announced as they pass the judge’s stand on Public Square.

The 60th-annual Christmas Parade is presented by the city of Clarksville and Montgomery County government and sponsored by Clarksville Living Magazine. For more information, contact Clarksville Parks and Recreation at 931-645-7476 or visit cityofclarksville.com/parade.

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