Only one week left to get early bird pricing on your parade entry. Early bird pricing ends on October 31, 2016 after which regular pricing goes into effect until the entry deadline of November 5, 2016. No entries will be accepted after November 5, 2016.
The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association is honored to name Houston Hogg of Owensboro as the 2016 Grand Marshal of this year’s Christmas Parade. Houston and his wife of 44 years, Deborah, will lead the parade when the whistle blows at 4:30pm on November 19th to begin a community celebration whose theme is “Home for the Holidays!”
The Hoggs have six children and 19 grandchildren, and have been foster parents to more than 500 children over the past 25 years. Some may remember Hogg who retired in 2013 as a coal equipment operator senior of Indiana Michigan Power’s Rockport Plant after working at the plant for 27 years but the Hoggs have touched the lives of many in our community and brought Owensboro in the spotlight earlier this year when Houston, the former UK running back, was honored as one of the first four African American football players at the University of Kentucky by the university erecting a statue of him and three teammates on the Lexington campus. Hogg has also been featured in Owensboro Living, the Courier Journal, Lexington Herald-Leader, and various other publications and media outlets.
Houston is a proud member of the University of Kentucky K-Club, described by their website as “an exclusive group of men and women who want to stay in the game, cherish their sports commitment, and nurture the legacy they helped develop” and the influence of Hogg’s family has been deep in various athletic venues through the years, mostly at Owensboro High School, but also at Owensboro Catholic.
Houston’s life is a testament of forgiveness, faithfulness, and honor. He and his wife have dedicated themselves to our community and have opened their hearts and home to many. Sunrise Children’s Services proudly named them to Foster Parent Emeritus status after 25 years of foster parent ministry and the Hoggs were named National FFTA Foster Parents of the Year for their faithful service to the foster parent ministry.
A lifelong resident of Owensboro, Johnston first became involved with and a fan of the annual parade at just 4 years old and is devoted to the mission of the parade committee to ensure that Owensboro has a Christmas Parade every year. Adam was a member of the parade organization for 10 years. He would put his love and devotion to the parade experience for Owensboro residents into action even further when he accepted the chairmanship of the volunteer parade committee and worked an untold number of hours making sure every parade under his command was better than the year before! Under his leadership, Johnston spearheaded efforts to bring Florence Henderson, Carson Kressley, the Clydesdales, and numerous other organizations to Owensboro after successfully bringing the parade back to its roots when the parade route moved back to 2nd Street in honor of tradition.
Adam graduated from Owensboro Catholic High in 1998, married the love of his life, Emily (Ebelhar) of 13 years, is the proud father of three, and feels it an honor to be employed by City of Owensboro for over 15 years. Johnston holds a graduate degree from WKU and truly believes in giving back to his community in which he lives and works. Adam refuses to accept recognition for his many projects that honors our communities and the men and women who dedicate themselves to making Owensboro safer, better, and a place where families can experience all life has to offer.
The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association is humbled to bring Adam and his family back to the parade to honor his dedication to the citizens of Owensboro.
Participants can now enter to be a part of this year’s parade – just follow link on right for parade applications. Be sure to read and understand all the FAQs, rules and regulations listed on our website. For the latest updates and news, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
We are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for vendors who would like to be a part of this year’s parade. Follow the link on the right side of the page to submit your application. Once your entry is submitted and payment received, you should receive notification of acceptance. If for some reason your application is rejected and you are unable to participate, your entry fee will be refunded in its entirety. For the latest updates and news, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
The date of the 2016 Owensboro Christmas Parade will be Saturday, November 19, 2016.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Home for the Holidays”.
Parade float winners for the 2015 Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade are now posted. Float Contest Winners
The 2015 Official Parade Starter will be Myla Dennis of the Maximilian Montessori Academy. She is 9 years old and is in 3rd grade. Her favorite subject in school is Reading. She loves drawing and painting. Another hobby she enjoys is gymnastics! She is a vibrant young lady who loves the Maximilian Montessori Academy (MMA) which is a private school, founded in 1988, which serves Owensboro and the surrounding area.
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