The eighth annual Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade will cruise at 6 p.m. Friday on the Oklahoma River. The parade is one of Oklahoma City's largest free family holiday events, including a parade of light-adorned boats, a visit from Santa and a spectacular fireworks show.
The Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade attracts 20,000 to 30,000 people annually to the shoreline of the Oklahoma River, according to a news release. The event has become a family tradition in Oklahoma City since the inaugural parade took place in 2004, officially opening the Oklahoma River and celebrating the completion of phase one of the MAPS projects.
Admission and parking for the event is free.
“Each year the river parade becomes bigger, better and brighter, and this year is no different,” said Ron Norick, Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority Chairman and former Oklahoma City mayor, in the release. “I wish to invite the community to join us for the parade this year, and thank our great sponsors for supporting this event year after year. It is a wonderful holiday gift to the community!”
The two major viewing areas for the river parade are the Boathouse District and Wiley Post Park. The viewing areas open at 4 p.m., with festivities beginning about 6 p.m. The parade begins at the Boathouse District, travels west along the north shoreline of the Oklahoma River to Wiley Post Park and then returns to the Boathouse District.
This year, those gathering along the shoreline in the Boathouse District will first see the parade of boats, a special visit from Santa and then the spectacular fireworks show. The spectators in Wiley Post Park will have entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the fireworks show, the parade of boats and a visit from Santa as the finale.