'Christmas' Added Back To Downtown Tulsa Parade - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

'Christmas' Added Back To Downtown Tulsa Parade

Posted: Updated:
Josh McFarland made the announcement Monday morning. Josh McFarland made the announcement Monday morning.
The downtown parade is now officially the American Waste Control Tulsa Christmas Parade. The downtown parade is now officially the American Waste Control Tulsa Christmas Parade.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

It's only June, but people in Tulsa are already talking about Christmas. Organizers of Tulsa's downtown parade are adding the word "Christmas" back into the parade's name.

A non-profit group called Tulsa Events Group, LLC is putting on this year's holiday parade, taking over for the previous organizer.

That organizer had re-named it Holiday Parade of Lights in 2009, but it is now officially the American Waste Control Tulsa Christmas Parade.

The announcement was made at the Tulsa Press Club Monday morning. And organizers are prepared for potential critics.

"We do want citizens to approach us, businesses to approach us. We want people involved and engaged," said Josh McFarland, parade organizer.

Surrounded by organizers and sponsors, parade chairman Josh McFarland announced that his group - Tulsa Events Group LLC - will be taking over Tulsa's downtown parade, and putting Christmas back in the title.

In 2011, he helped start the Christmas Parade at the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center, after the downtown parade replaced the word Christmas with Holiday.

Now he's ready for potential critics, after doing away with the Holiday Parade of Lights.

"I think that people will be excited about it," he said. "And there's always going to be some that are going to be angry about anything you do - anything you say, anything you do.

In addition to a new sponsor, the group announced the parade will benefit a charity, A Soldier's Wish. A portion of funds will benefit the organization.

Kevin McDugle is a former Marine and board member of Soldier's Wish. He announced - as part of the parade - an area soldier will get a big surprise.

McDugle wouldn't say what it would be, but last year, the organization gave a returning soldier a new fishing boat.

"Soldier's Wish over the last couple years has traveled the country and granted wishes for all branches of our military simply to say thank you - and to give back," McDugle said.

The jury is still out on how much criticism the new name will draw, but McFarland insists a parade with Christmas in the title is what most people in this area want.

And they hope it will become a destination for visitors beyond Oklahoma.

"The vision is that we're geographically located in the center of the United States. So we've got an opportunity for people to come to Tulsa to do Christmas," said parade organizer Josh McFarland.

The downtown Christmas parade is scheduled to roll out at 6 p.m. on December 13, 2014.

Special Features

Community Calendar

Find out what's going on around town and submit events!

Share

See it! Shoot it! Send it! Share your weather pics and videos with NewsOn6.com!

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

Mobile Alerts

Get breaking news, headlines, weather alerts & more on your cell phone.

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Cold Case

    Join Lori and local homicide detectives as they search for Cold Case clues.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

  • Turnpike Timelines

    View a historical road map of Oklahoma's turnpike system.

Powered by WorldNow
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
TULSA'S OWN TM
GREEN COUNTRY'S OWN TM
Oklahoma's Own Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Tulsa's Own and Green Country's Own.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014, WorldNow and KOTV. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.