Entry Application Process opens Up August 1st!

Beginning August 1, participants can enter in to be a part of this year’s parade.  Be sure to read and understand all the FAQs, rules & regulations listed on our website.  Also follow us on FB for all the latest news and announcements!

Vendor Applications are now being accepted!

We are excited to announce we are now accepting applications for vendors who would like to be a part of this year’s 2013 Christmas Parade.  Follow the link on the left side of the page to submit your application.  Once your entry is submitted and payment received, you will receive notification of acceptance.  Just because you apply and pay your fee, does not necessarily mean you will be a part of this year’s parade.  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, follow us on Facebook and this website!

It’s so hard to say goodbye…

The Christmas Parade Committee would like to wish the best of luck on the retirement of Kevin Bruner from the parade committee.  Kevin spent countless hours over the past years getting the Owensboro Christmas Parade to where it is today.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for everything that he has done.  Kevin brought this event out of the prehistoric times and into the modern era of technology with online applications, paypal payments, and even this website.  It is obvious how much of an impact he has had on not only the committee, but the parade and the community as well. Good luck Kevin, you will be truly missed!

-AJ & the ODCCPA

2013 Parade Announcement

Santa Welcoming the Children of All Ages

Last night the Christmas parade committee announced the date and the theme for the 2013 Owensboro Christmas Parade.

The date of the parade will be Saturday, November 23, 2013 and will start at 4:30PM sharp.  The parade route will be the same as the past several years.

The theme for the 2013 parade will be “It’s All About the Child.”


Edward “Butch” Freels Named Official Parade Starter

Edward "Butch" Freels

Butch lives with two other housemates in a home operated by Wendell Foster’s Campus.  He is known for his friendliness to all.  He enjoys spending time at the Elizabeth Mundy Senior  Citizens Center, attends Saints Joseph and Paul Church and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Christmas Parade Receives Awards

Citation from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of KentuckyThe Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade committee has been honored with several awards.  The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has named the parade to its Top Ten Winter/Holiday Festivals and Events for 2012 and has been recognized by the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Christmas parade is made up of a very small committee of very dedicated professionals that feel Owensboro should have a Christmas parade every year.  We are not associated with any government organization and receive no pay for our service to the children (and the children in all of us) in the region.

If you are interested in joining our committee feel free to contact us on the “Contact Us” page.

Now, get ready for a great parade!  It kicks off at 4:30PM sharp on Saturday, November 17th along Second Street in Historic Downtown Owensboro Kentucky!


Joe Lowe Named Grand Marshal

Joe Lowe


The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Association, Inc. is presenting the 76th Annual Christmas parade themed A Riverfront Christmas Saturday afternoon, November 17. The parade starts at 4:30PM sharp in downtown Owensboro and will follow its traditional route down 2nd Street.

A few weeks before we lost the voice of Owensboro, the Christmas parade committee asked Joe Lowe to be the Grand Marshal of the 76th annual Christmas parade.

Joe was humbled and honored that we asked, and he graciously accepted.

Before Joe’s death he asked the community to come together and support his effort to comfort folks who have no support system as he had. He witnessed a woman leaving cancer treatment, climb onto a GRITS bus and presumably went home to an empty house. That touched Joe’s heart in a way that nothing else ever did. Joe put her needs before his.

We ask you to join us, as we keep our commitment to honor Joe Lowe who tirelessly committed his time and talents to raise money for multiple not-for-profit organizations all across the region. Joe was Owensboro’s number one cheerleader, an American patriot who insisted, and succeeded, in playing the “National Anthem” daily on “The Joe Lowe Morning Show.”

Joe’s wife, Kathy, his daughters, and grand children will represent Joe as the Grand Marshal as they travel the parade route in a carriage pulled by a team of horses.


Rebecca Greenwell is Honorary Grand Marshal

We are proud to announce that Rebecca Greenwell has been chosen to be the 2012 Honorary Grand Marshal of the Christmas parade.  This remarkable Owensboro resident is making noise on and off the basketball courts.

To learn more about Rebecca, click on the Honorary Grand Marshal link on the left-hand side of this page.