Special to the
Opelika Observer

Kelly Hutchinson, Miss Alabama USA and Kate Watts, Miss Alabama Teen USA, will be the Grand Marshals for the 2019 Opelika Christmas Parade. Sponsored by Allstate-Prewett Insurance Group, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Opelika on Dec. 7 with a weather date of Dec. 8 at 3 p.m.
The Opelika Christmas parade is one of the first of many Christmas events in Opelika. This year’s theme is a celebration of Alabama’s Bicentennial. Each float will take on the spirit of Christmas of a bygone era spanning two centuries.
While the Christmas Parade Committee suggests that people arrive early for the best parking, there will be special parking available on South Railroad Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets for people with disabilities. Parking permits can be picked up Dec. 2 to 5 directly at the Chamber office, which is located at 601 Ave. A.
The parade route will start at the Lee County Courthouse and end at the corner of 2nd and 7th Avenue. The parade will follow 9th street up and turn right onto South Railroad Avenue, then turning right onto 8th Avenue. The procession will head forward, and then make a left onto Avenue B and a left at 7th Street towards the parade end point.
For more information on the parade, contact Parade Coordinator Vivian Anthony at 334-745-4861 or visit www.opelikachamber.com. For more information on Christmas events in Opelika, visit www.opelikachristmas.com.