- Nov 26, 2016
- central NC
The holidays seem to officially arrive when Santa Claus arrives at the Macy's Day Parade, but small hometown Christmas Parades still hold a special place in many hearts. The American Christmas parade tradition began in Peoria, Illinois in 1887, with a parade on the Illinois River to celebrate the completion of the Upper Free Bridge. The next year, the parade was moved to land and wound through downtown Peoria.
Santa Claus always has been the main attraction, making his first appearance in 1887 on a river barge. Until he got his own sleigh and reindeer float in 1995, the red-suited guest of honor rode through town in a horse-drawn carriage, on a Mother Goose float or atop a 12-foot gilded circus wagon.
Source: Benson's Ramblings Blog, 2013