Tulsa Christmas Parade organizers announce 2018 theme, all new block party

Tulsa Christmas Parade organizers announce 2018 theme, all new block party (KTUL)

It's one of the biggest events in Tulsa every year, and one that we look forward to here at Channel 8. One month out from the Tulsa Christmas Parade, we're starting to get an idea of what it will look like this year.

"We wanted to highlight Christmas movies this year, and 'Miracle on 34th Street' is one of the classic Christmas movies. We have the intersection of Boston and 4th, where Tulsa really started over 100 years ago, we wanted to highlight that intersection. So, it became 'Miracle at Boston and 4th Street,'" said Jessica Gullo, the president of the parade.

This year, the parade will once again be during the day, which led to huge crowds last year. It's also led to a new idea -- a block party after the parade ends.

"Downtown has grown so much in Tulsa, and the Christmas parade has grown so much. It's a great fit to be in the cathedral district and do something of this nature. Prolong the magic. Plus, the reality is, with everyone trying to get out of downtown at the same time, it's going to take forever. Stay a while, enjoy, drink some hot chocolate," said Arthur Greeno, the parade's chairman.

This new block party allows the parade to be more interactive than in years past.

"We'll have some of the more popular floats. Santa Claus will be there; we have a stage set up with music. Churches will be singing. We'll have food trucks, jumping Jupiters, it's just going to be a great time," said Bob Pielsticker with the cathedral district.

So, mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m., be there or be square!

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