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Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 10 a.m.
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Dominion Christmas Parade © Caroline Martin0000For many Richmonders, the Dominion Christmas Parade kicks off the Christmas season! This year, the 34th annual Dominion Christmas Parade takes place on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 10 a.m. The parade departs from the Science Museum on W. Broad Street and continues east to 7th Street.

Our mission is to create a family-friendly experience that brings the holiday spirit to children and adults, community partners, and local businesses. This beloved tradition attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year from everywhere in Virginia, with thousands more enjoying a live television broadcast on WTVR-CBS6 (also rebroadcast on Christmas Day).


History

Over the years, the Richmond Christmas Parade was known by several names. From the 1950s to 1974, the event was known as the Thalhimers' Toy Parade. After a 15-year hiatus, the parade was resurrected by the Richmond Jaycees. For 17 years, Ukrop's Supermarket was the title sponsor until 2009, when the beloved Richmond icon was sold. Dominion Energy saved the Christmas Parade in 2010 and it has been known as the Dominion Christmas Parade ever since.

We've also had a fabulous lineup of grand marshals! We've featured numerous Richmond locals including NFL Football Player Willie Lanier (1984), The Walking Dead Actor Chad Coleman (2014), and American Idol Finalist Rayvon Owen (2015). We've also seen childhood favorites like Mickey and Minnie Mouse (2000), Spongebob Squarepants (2002), Disney's Aaron Carter (2004), and the Harlem Globetrotters (2009). And who can remember when Paul Simon, Steve Martin, and Chevy Chase took over the Christmas Parade to film a music video in 1991?

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