The TSDmemphis.com Holiday Parade – sponsored by The New Tri-State Defender – has been reset for Saturday, Dec. 22.
There is no rain forecast for that date (and we hope that remains the case). The parade, which signals the return of a tradition to the downtown area, will begin at 11 a.m. It is the inaugural parade to travel the recently designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and will be in support of Olympic Cares Toy Drive.
Here is the route: Begin at the intersection of Fourth St. and Beale Street, head west on Beale to Second St., proceed south on Second St. to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., then east on MLK to Third St., head north on Third St. to Beale Street Alley, and then east back to Fourth St., where it will culminate.
Special recognition will be given to the state champion Tigers of Whitehaven High School. Whitehaven's football team won the TSSAA state title in Division 1, 6A in Cookeville, Tenn., on Dec. 1.
Downtown has not had a holiday parade downtown in several years. TSD President/ Publisher Bernal E. Smith II said many in the community have been looking forward to the return of just such an event.
"It is always great to bring kids and families out to celebrate during this time of year and what better place to do it than the heart of downtown and historic Beale Street where our offices just happen to be."
Organization and lining up for the parade starts at the corner of Fourth and Beale streets at 9 a.m. Christmas songs and entertainment will flow as the participating groups and floats are lined up for the now 11 a.m. start.
Early arrival is encouraged.
For more information on how to participate in the parade, contact Nina Johnson at 901-679-8545, or call the TSD offices at 901-523-1818.