Not all superheroes will be on floats at West Alabama Christmas Parade

Parade Route

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Jacyn Abbott

The West Alabama Christmas Parade is right around the corner, and while this year’s theme is Superheroes Celebrating Christmas, we wouldn’t be having a parade without the heroes who don’t wear capes.

First responders are already getting prepared for the parade, and they’re ensuring a tragedy like the one that happened in Wisconsin earlier this month is a lot less likely. During the Waukesha Christmas Parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Nov. 21, a driver plowed through parade barricades, killing six people and injuring dozens of others.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is putting extra officers on parade patrol, and are placing extra barricades along the parade route.

Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority Public Relations and Marketing Manager Becky Booker said the 45th annual parade is even more important this year.

“We didn’t have it last year, so we want to come back and have it big this year,” Booker said. “We’re excited about that. It kicks off the holiday season. It is just an important tradition in our community.”

parade route

The parade covers a little more than a mile, and there are 16 intersections along the route. Those intersections will remain closed throughout the parade, and Tuscaloosa Police and first responders will be keeping an eye on those areas.

“We have security plans in place,” said Tuscaloosa Police Department Chief Brent Blankley. “I don’t want to go into what those are, but we will have a safe event. We are very excited for this year’s Christmas parade and we are going to do everything we can to have a safe environment.”

This year’s parade kicks off Monday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m., and the route begins at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and 15th Street, turns onto University Boulevard and ends at the intersection of University and Queen City Avenue.

You can find out more information about the West Alabama Christmas Parade right here.

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