2017 Candy Cane Hunt and Christmas Parade

Parade Route Map:  The parade route is blue, and the marshalling area is yellow.

2017 Christmas Parade Map

Saturday, December 2 will be a day to spend downtown enjoying family-friendly activities. 

Candy Cane Hunt:  The Parks & Recreation Department’s annual Candy Cane Hunt will be December 2 on the Carson Center lawn located at 100 Kentucky Avenue.  Registration begins at 12:15 p.m.  Children ages 10 and under will race to find candy canes. The children will be divided into three age groups and will race at different times to collect more than 2400 candy canes:  3 and under at 1 p.m., 4 to 6 at 1:10 p.m., and 7 to 10 at 1:20 p.m.  The event is free.  Prizes will be awarded for finding special candy canes, and gift bags will be given out at registration while supplies last.

After the Candy Cane Hunt, families are encouraged to visit Yeiser Art Center located at 200 Broadway to participate in another free event.  From 1 until 3 p.m., kids can have fun making a globe ornament.

Christmas Parade:  Organizations are working to get the final touches on their floats for the annual City of Paducah Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 2 in downtown Paducah.  The parade begins at 5 p.m. at 14th and Broadway and travels down Broadway to 2nd Street.  The parade will then turn left on 2nd Street and continue to Monroe Street where it will disband.  Parade participants are encouraged to continue moving on 2nd Street toward the Farmers’ Market pavilion to maintain the flow of the parade. 

The theme for the 2017 Christmas Parade is Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow with music and lighting required on each of the parade’s approximately 100 entries.  The judging for the parade entries will be at 4 p.m. on December 2.  Santa Claus will make a special appearance at the end of the parade on the official Santa float and will be available for photos after the parade at the downtown gazebo.  Merryman Kemp is the Christmas Parade Grand Marshal.  Kemp is the founder of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center.

Parade entries will marshal on Broadway between 14th and Fountain Avenue, on Fountain Avenue between Broadway and Monroe, and on Jefferson between 14th and Fountain Avenue.  Streets will be closed in the staging area beginning at 2:30 p.m. on December 2.  Streets along the parade route will close at 3 p.m. in preparation for the parade.  The Parks & Recreation Department also asks the public to refrain from parking in the parade preparation area from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to help limit the congestion of vehicles and floats. 

For more information about Parks Department-related activities, visit the Parks & Recreation Department at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive or call 270-444-8508. 

Date of release:  November 21, 2017