Thousands attend Alabaster Christmas Parade

Published 12:36 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2023

By NOAH WORTHAM | Staff Writer

ALABASTER – Festive floats and costumed participants marched down Highway 31 throwing out candy to the delight of thousands of local residents during the annual Alabaster Christmas Parade.

Alabaster held its annual Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 10 a.m. after delaying the event a week due to weather.

“I thought we had another incredibly successful parade this year,” Mayor Scott Brakefield said. “I want to thank everyone that attended and a special thanks to all our employees that worked to make sure we had a successful event. Postponing the parade a week is never an optimal decision, but I am certainly glad we were able to hold the event versus cancelling.”

The event was organized by city personnel and this year’s edition saw residents, local businesses and students representing a wide variety of class organizations all march together along Hwy 31.

“We are proud that the Alabaster Christmas Parade is an iconic event and one of the longest parades in the state,” said Sophie Martin, Alabaster City Council president. “We are grateful to all of our community partners and businesses for participating in Saturday’s parade, and appreciate the thousands of spectators who came out to enjoy it. It’s the perfect way to start the Christmas season.”

The parade began at Long Lewis Ford and proceeded south to the former Alabaster Police Station on Main Street before turning and going over the train tracks, past Alabaster Auto and past the thrift store shopping center. The parade ended at the stop sign in front of Southbrook Village on 1st Street Southwest.

This year’s parade featured the theme Christmas at the Movies and saw floats and participants festively disguised as their favorites characters and moments from holiday movies such as “Christmas Vacation,” “The Grinch” and “A Christmas Story.”

The following floats and organizations were announced as winners and were given Santa trophies as part of the 2023 Alabaster Christmas Parade:

  • Best use of theme: Specification Rubber
  • Most creative: Thompson High School’s Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Most entertaining: Hope Dance and Arts
  • Best walking entry: Carousel “O” Breeds
  • Most holiday spirit: Thompson Warriors Fourth Grade Football