Branson’s 70th annual Adoration Parade and Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. this Sunday in downtown Branson. This milestone anniversary year features a shift in the parade route. This year’s parade will follow the course of the recent Veteran’s Day Parade. Units will line up as usual at the south end of the Convention Center Parking Lot. From there, they will proceed north on Branson Landing Boulevard. The parade will then turn onto Commercial Street and continue southward through old downtown Branson and back to the point of origin via College and Sycamore streets. (see the map of the parade route below)
The official reviewing stand will be at its familiar location at the corner of Main and Commercial Streets. Patrons will be invited to view the ceremonial lighting of the Adoration Scene atop Mount Branson. Then, words of welcome, a brief history of the 70-year-old parade, and seasonal music will be provided at the reviewing stand while the parade makes its way to the location.
Some 40 units are expected to participate, ranging from floats to walking groups and of course marching bands. Santa Claus is scheduled to appear, and area fire fighters will provide candy for young parade goers to enjoy. The festivities will be broadcast on 106.3 FM, KRZK, and recorded for later holiday viewing on The Vacation Channel.
With mild weather and many holiday visitors in town, a large crowd is expected to line the parade route this year. Branson police will be closing some roads by mid afternoon Sunday, and the complete parade route will be closed to traffic beginning at 5:00 p.m. Officers expect some traffic delays before and after the parade and urge drivers to be extra cautious with slow moving cars and heavy pedestrian traffic.