The Jaycees have announced registrations and roster procedures for their annual Christmas Parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4.
âOur theme is ‘Winter Wonderland’ but the weather will be a good price change from previous years with a current forecast of 69 and cloudy; not really winter temperatures, but a great day for a parade, âsaid Keenan Sudderth, project president.
There are over 130 entries in the parade, including marching groups, dignitaries, floats, marching bands, vintage cars, new cars and small vehicles.
âWe are extremely excited with the turnout this year, we have many new entries and the parade has grown even larger since our return to Alcoa,â said Kelly Kincheloe, Parade Co-Chair.
The parade will begin at McDonald’s in New Midland Plaza. It will cross New Midland Plaza then turn right onto Calderwood Avenue (North Cusick Street in Maryville). At the top of the hill (downtown Maryville) it will turn right onto West Broadway Avenue, then right onto West Lamar Alexander Parkway and end before New Providence Presbyterian Church. The Jaycees expect more than 35,000 spectators in all.
The Jaycees chose the Blount Partnership as their grand marshal for this year’s parade to spur economic development, including securing several Amazon facilities and relocating Smith & Wesson.
âIt’s a way of saying a little thank you for all the behind-the-scenes work they do. I would like to personally thank the Partnership for its commitment to excellence in our community, âsaid Sudderth, who is also president of the Blount County Jaycees.
All registrations are expected to start lining up at 9 a.m. Saturday at Joule Street or Rankin Road. Parents who drop off their children must do so no later than 10 a.m. at the four-lane stop on Joule Street and Rankin Road; Carrel Street next to the old Alcoa Police Department; or Rankin / Bessemer junction.
The estimated placement of entrances numbered 1 through 15 will be in the East Tennessee Medical Group parking lots at the Joule Street entrance; The 16-45 will be parked on the right side of rue Joule; 46-74 will be on the right side of Rankin Road from the ETMG entrance; 75-94 will line up on the left side of rue Joule; 95-130 will line up on the left side of Rankin Road (the old AUB parking lot will accommodate horse trucks). Joule and Rankin will be one-sided during the roster.
Only dignitaries and official Jaycee vehicles will be allowed to park in the parking lot of the ETMG building. The only vehicles allowed on the Joule and Rankin alignment side are numbered entrances to be on these particular roads. Entrances to Joule must enter from Hall Road turning onto Joule (south end of Walgreens). Entrances numbered to be on Rankin can only enter from Bessemer Street (parking is available at the Rankin / Bessemer intersection on the grounds).
Jaycee officials encourage the groups to assemble at a location close to Rankin or Joule, put all the children on the float, make final preparations, and then proceed cautiously to the line-up area. Parking near the waiting area can be found on Bessemer, opposite the Blackhorse Pub & Brewery. Another good base is the Joule Walgreens intersection.
Anyone trying to access the Knoxville Pediatric Association (KPA) or (ETMG) will enter Joule from Hall Road (next to Walgreens), walk to the four-lane stop, then turn left or right to enter the appropriate establishment. Everyone will exit via Rankin towards Lincoln Road.
Rain delay / postponement
In the event of bad weather, the decision to delay the rain of the parade will be made at 10 a.m. Parade participants and spectators can call 865-309-4742 or visit the Blount County Jaycees Facebook page for weather details regarding the possible rain delay or rain date postponement, 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5.
Empty wallet for pantry bottoms
Once again, representatives of the Jaycees and Alcoa Jayteens (Junior Jaycees) will carry leaves along the parade route to collect donations for the Empty Pantry Fund.
In the past, cloth carriers have raised well over $ 21,000 from parade spectators.
âEvery penny, penny, penny and quarter and those dollars add up during the parade,â said Lon Fox, president of the Empty Pantry Fund. “This is an opportunity for everyone to have an impact on someone’s life this Christmas, because no one deserves to be hungry for Christmas.”
The Jaycees will reward the following categories: the most thematic, the most creative, the best vehicles (car, truck, motorcycle, four wheels, etc.), the best youth organizations, the best religious contributions and the best companies. All entries will be judged before the start of the parade. Winners will receive a certificate / invitation to an awards reception to be held at Alcoa Middle School on Monday, December 20, starting at 6 p.m. There will be food, drinks and prizes at the reception.
1. Alcoa and Maryville Police Services
2. Jaycees Christmas Banner
3. Blount County Fire Color Guard
4. Blount Partnership and family (grand marshals)
5. Collection of empty pantry fund donation sheets
8. Ed Mitchell, Mayor of Blount County
9. Blount County Commissioner Mike Akard and his family
10. The Mayor of Maryville Andy White and the Deputy Mayor Fred Metz
11. Todd Orr, Blount County Real Estate Appraiser
12. Blount County Deeds Register Phyllis Lee Crisp
13. Gaye Hasty, Blount County Clerk
14. Jeff Headrick, Blount County Superintendent of Highways
15. Blount Jaycee County President Keenan Sudderth with the Ritchie Tractor
16. Blount County Fire Protection District
17. Blount County Fire Protection District
18. Blount County Fire Protection District
19. Blount County Fire Protection District
20. The best brothers traction team
21. The best brothers traction team
22. The best brothers traction team
23. The best brothers traction team
24. The best brothers traction team
25. The best brothers traction team
26. Smoky Mountain Fundraiser
27. Bass Boat Electronics
28. Roll Arena Party Zone
29. Roll Arena Party Zone Skaters
30. Robbie Long with Fowlers Furniture
31. 1953 Mack Fire Truck with Dan Lites
32. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance
33. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance
34. Let It Snow Unlimited artistic dance
35. Shine Like a Diamond Maryville Jewelers
36. Campaign for Allen Latham for Blount County Real Estate Appraiser
38. White Chevrolet Truck 1956 with Millard Wilson
39. Whitehead’s Winter Wonderland
40. Riley Trapp with Twin City Certified
41. Premier Transport LLC
44. Carpenters Elementary School Cheerleaders
45. Frozen presented by the Blount County Drug Court
47. William Blount High School Dance Team
48. William Blount High School Dance Team
49. Kent and Ashlyn 1975 Chevrolet Nova
50. Dotson Memorial Youth Basketball
51. Roger Rex with East Tennessee Championship Wrestling
52. East Alcoa Baptist Church
56. Alcoa Fire Department
57. Harper Jeep Ram with Brian Myers
58. Kimberly Chambers with Smoky Mountain Primary Care
59. Blount County Democratic Party
60. Commercial cutting equipment
61. Music from Alcoa High School
62. Alcoa College Football Team
63. Cheerleaders Alcoa Peewee
64. Cheerleaders Alcoa Grasshopper
65. Alcoa Board of Trustees
66. Maryville College Cheerleaders
67. Eastern Tennessee roams
68. Lance Satterfield with Keller Williams
69. Blount United Soccer Club
70. British Wonderland – English Automobile Company of Knoxville
71. Alcoa Fire Department
72. Mark Swaggerty with motorhomes for less
73. Credit center “Get this paste”
74. 1923 Federal Reserve armored truck with Lamon jewelers
75. Sleigh with the Baptist Church of Mount Sinai
76. Maryville Auto Sales LLC
77. Michelle Newman with Tennessee Mountain Real Estate
78. Clayton Bradley Academy Choirs
79. Clark Grove CP Church and Boy Scout Pack 1810
80. The Dwight Price Group Realty Executive and Associates
81. Glen and Amanda Morse with Wake Up Rentals
83. William Blount Fishing Team
84. SERVPro of Blount County
85. Family Christmas Truckster CARE 365
87. Father Against Drunk Driving (FADD)
88. Prospect Elementary Boosters, Tiger Cub Basketball and Cheer
95. Christmas Party with Legends Cuts Maryville
107. Theater group of primary players
108. Smoky Mountain Landscape
109. AF Insurance, let it snow
111. Christian Church Partnership
112. Sons of the American Revolution
113. American foundation and waterproofing
114. American foundation and waterproofing
115. American foundation and waterproofing
116. Maryville High School Band
117. Willocks High Performance Trucking LLC
118. Federal Credit Union Y-12
121. Rowing in a Winter Wonderland
122. Rowing in a Winter Wonderland
123. Rescue Year Round – Blount County Rescue Squad
124. Frozen Wonderland Girl Scout Troop 20709
125. Daniel Lawson Hepperly’s
126. Frosty Rose with Connatser and Teffeteller Heating and Air
127. Hotel Phobias Scary Christmas
129. Alcoa Middle School Jayteens and Blount County Jaycees with Morelock Motors