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Posted on: November 19, 2020

2020 City of Lakeland Christmas Parade

The City of Lakeland and Santa Claus will deliver cheer to the community on Saturday, December 12, during a “Merry Christmas & Holiday Cheer,” caravan parade hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department. We invite local businesses, organizations, and families to join City of Lakeland staff for a gleeful event. Decorate your vehicle (or float) and join us as we spread some much-needed holiday cheer. Floats are welcome. Shelby County Sheriff’s officers will provide an escort during the parade. 

Line-up for floats will begin at 8:30 a.m. at IH Clubhouse parking lot located at 4523 Canada Road. The caravan parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. Estimated parade time is 2 hours to 2.5 hours. Parade route ends at Lakeland Elementary School.

Entry Rules and Requirements

No items can be thrown from a vehicle or float during the parade.

Parade vehicles or floats must stay in line. No passing or speeding.

Vehicles or floats only. No walkers can join the parade. Participants must always stay in their vehicles (or on their float).

If float riders are standing, the float must have a stanchion secured to the trailer bed.

Each vehicle or float will need a banner identifying what company or organization they are representing.

Please limit the number of participants in one vehicle to the safety guidelines recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. (Absolutely no more than 8 allowed to a car cub.)

No Santa Claus allowed in the vehicle or on a float. He is the vocal point at the end of the parade.

No unnecessary stopping at any time.

Keep the space between your vehicle/float and the participant in front of you to at least 20-ft.

There is no rain date for the parade. The parade route will end at Lakeland Elementary School.

Get your Entry form by contacting Kim Odom at or call (901) 746-8195.


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