Entries for the 2019 Tulsa Christmas Parade are coming soon.
The Tulsa Christmas Parade is just the event to showcase your business in front of thousands of spectators all along the parade route and tens of thousands of viewers on Oklahoma’s Channel 8.
Images of America. Tulsa Christmas Parade book
Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event for the past 90 years.
About the Author
Jessica Gullo has served as creative director for Tulsa Christmas Parade since 2015 and enjoys researching and preserving history for others to enjoy. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) served as the mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984 and was a member of the US House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s First District from 1987 to 1994. Since 1994, he has represented Oklahoma in the US Senate. For almost 40 years, Inhofe has been a fixture of the parade, riding his horse and greeting parade goers.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Can I Do to Help with the Parade?
We hope you’ll get involved with us and make this the best Christmas parade we’ve ever had. Here are just a few things you can do: Like us on Facebook and share the event with your friends. Like Us on Facebook Volunteers to help with the parade. Click Here to Volunteer Become a sponsor. Click...
What is the Parade Route This Year?
See the map above.
Will There Be a Live Broadcast on Television?
Stay tuned for more information about our media sponsor and live broadcast information.
Will There Be Awards Given for the Best and Most Creative Floats?
Award winners will be named at the end of the parade. A list of float categories for this year will be announced soon.
Tulsa Christmas Parade History
For many decades, Tulsans have come together to celebrate Christmas in a downtown setting. The first record of these types of events in the community date back to the late nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries. However, it wasn’t until the late 1920s that an organized parade became part of the tradition—leading the way to what is now a major and much-anticipated event throughout the area.
Today’s Tulsa Christmas Parade features a rich and enduring history. Here are a few highlights from the parades and celebrations of yesteryears.
A year later—in 1927—Santa flew in on a special plane made just for him.
Wonders From Around the World
By 1933, the parade had become a well-established event and a big draw for downtown stores, which stayed open later than their normal hours to take advantage of the huge crowd of shoppers. Santa rode in a sleigh made from rubber tires and the theme was Wonders from Around the World.
The parade would see a several year hiatus because of World War II.
By the 1950s, the parade became known as the Yuletide Parade and boasted at least a dozen floats.
The parade was postponed a week due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Iran Hostage Crisis
The start of the 1980 parade featured flags topped with yellow ribbons, reminding parade attendees of the 52 American hostages held in Iran.
An Old-Fashined Family Christmas
Nearly a century after the first celebrations began, Tulsa continues the tradition of gathering families together to watch the annual Christmas parade light up Downtown Tulsa.
And So The Tradition Continues
We will see you on December 9th at 2:00 PM as Tulsa continues to add to Christmas parade history!