Saturday, December 4, 2021

10:30 a.m.

Johnson City Christmas Parade

The Nutcracker

Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee



Deadline to register Nov. 22, 2021

Be a part of the Johnson City Christmas Parade!
This year's theme is The Nutcracker.

Let the the theme provide inspiration for your float.

Deadline to register for the parade is Nov. 22, 2021.

Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.

Parade Route:
Staging at ETSU Lot#9 on the corner of University Parkway & State of Franklin. The parade will travel onto W. Walnut, crossing University Parkway, continues on West Walnut to Buffalo Street, crosses E. State of Franklin, down East Main Street, right on Colonial Way, left to E. State of Franklin and ending in the Old Burley Lot at the corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion Street. All entries must stay towards the middle of the parade route roads for the safety of spectators.
Staging and Participant Drop-Off Information:

Staging for parade is in the ETSU Student Parking Lot #9 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Corner of University Parkway & State of Franklin and W. Walnut St. & Gilbreath). The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m.

If you are dropping off participants, please park in the lot off of West Maple St. on the campus of ETSU. Please turn off of University Parkway onto W. Maple St.- THIS IS A ONE WAY STREET. 


Marching band members will line up in the lot between W. Walnut and Lynn St., behind the Roadrunner gas station. All those walking or riding on floats will stage in the parking lot on the corner of W. State of Franklin and University Parkway, across from McDonald's.


Line-up placement information will be emailed to participants on or by Wednesday, December 1.

2021 Staging Map.jpg
Participant Pick-up and Float Tear-Down Information:

If you are picking-up participants, please park in the City Hall parking lot off East Main St. Participants will be dropped off in the old Burley lot on the corner of E. State of Franklin and Legion St. Anyone wanting to tear-down their floats will be asked to make their way to the parking lot by Johnson City Cardinals baseball stadium.


Awards will be given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners.

RULES: (Please communicate rules to all members of your parade entry!)

Parade rules and information are designed to remind participants that sometimes even the most innocent actions can provoke significant problems in a crowded area. The rules are in place to ensure that we have an orderly, safe and joyful parade.

  1. Entry fee of $95 For-profit OR $45 for Non-profit organizations must be paid online with registration for the parade. Marching Bands will not pay a fee, but do need to register. Parade waiver information is included with payment of entry fee.

  2. Applications and waivers received after 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, will be pay an  additional $25 late fee. This fee must be paid before entry into parade.

  3. Each vehicle/float per group entry will be assessed an entry fee. 

  4. Floats/vehicles must depict different, fun &/or outrageous decorating ideas around the parade theme. This year’s theme is: The Nutcracker. 

  5. No horses are allowed.

  6. Marching units must remain moving along the parade route at all times.  You may not stop to perform maneuvers.

  7. Any distribution of candy or other items must be handed out. Candy may not be thrown from floats or vehicles.

  8. PLEASE NO SANTA! Santa will be at the end of the parade. We do not want to confuse the children.

  9. Vehicles cannot be entered for advertising purposes only. Exceptions are classic cars, municipal vehicles and pageant queen cars. 

  10. Floats must be under 13 ft. 6 in. in height.


The Parade Committee reserves the right to deny entrance to parade for:

  • Late arrivals.

  • Entries that do not comply with rules.

  • Entries deemed inappropriate or unsafe.


For questions or more information, email




Johnson City Chamber