The 2008 Maryville Alcoa Jaycees Christmas Parade encouraged a “personal” appeal for participants to tell their own Christmas stories.
The theme of this year’s parade was “Your Christmas Story.” The grand marshal for this year’s event was John Clark, the United States Jaycees national historian. The Oak Ridge resident wrote a book about the history of the United States Jaycees.
The route started on Joule Street in Alcoa, wound through New Midland Plaza before turning right onto North Cusick Street. The parade turned right at the top of the hill onto West Broadway Avenue. The procession traveled through downtown and at the intersection of West Lamar Alexander Parkway turned right and ended in the parking lot of New Providence Presbyterian Church.
The Jaycees Christmas Parade had 140 participants that included floats, dignitaries, bands, cars and walking groups. This year the parade was also broadcast on the Alcoa schools’ Channel 3.
The Santa Claus float was sponsored by the City of Maryville Engineering and Public Works department. It was preceeded by the Jaycees float that carried candy and stuffed animals.