Kids Can Write a Letter to Santa

Our downloads page includes a template you can print and write a letter to Santa.  Santa’s helpers will collect the letters at the end of the parade and get them to Santa himself.  We also have a fun Christmas word search for kids that you can print out.  Go to our downloads page by clicking Downloads

2016 Parade Route Announced

The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association is presenting the 80th annual Christmas parade themed “Home for the Holidays” Saturday afternoon November 19, 2016 at 4:30pm along 2nd Street.

We ask that everyone join us on the Saturday before Thanksgiving in Owensboro, “Where Kentucky Starts Christmas” to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season and help us make our parade the best yet!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @OWBparade to get the latest information on the parade. We will use Twitter to communicate any information we need to get out – especially on parade day.

Parade begins on 2nd and Pearl Streets, proceeds west on 2nd, and ends at 2nd and Locust.

2015 Parade Route


Johnston Siblings Named Official Parade Starters

The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association is proud to announce that the 2016 Christmas Parade Starters are Ella, Aiden, and Reese Johnston of Owensboro! The Johnston siblings have been longtime supporters of the Christmas Parade, have been an integral part of the annual parade preparations for a number of years, and are a part of a family that is dedicated to volunteerism and giving back to the community where they live!

Ella_JohnstonElla, age 10, attends the Owensboro Catholic 4-6 Campus as a 4th grader. Ella loves to read, play with her cousins, and enjoys playing volleyball.







Aiden, age 8, attends the Owensboro Catholic K-3 Campus as a 2nd grader. Aiden loves to swim, loves to play Minecraft and his Wii U, and has a true love for pizza & Star Wars.






Reese_JohnstonReese, age 6, attends the Owensboro Catholic K-3 Campus as a kindergartner. Reese loves to play with her American Girl dolls, spending time with her cousins, and is a huge fan of ketchup.


Early Bird Discounted Rates End Today

This is the LAST DAY to receive early bird discounted rates.  Entries must be submitted and paid by midnight October 31, 2016 to qualify.  Regular pricing then goes into effect until the entry deadline of midnight November 5, 2016.

One Week Left for Early Bird Pricing

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.

Houston Hogg Named 2016 Grand Marshal

HOUSTONThe 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.

2016 Honorary Grand Marshal is Adam Johnston

Adam_JohnstonA 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.

Now Accepting Parade Entry Applications

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!