BILLINGS – The Shriners, Santa hats and St. Nick himself. They’re all things you can count on seeing during the Downtown Billings holiday parade the day after Thanksgiving.
“Billings is a really big city that likes to celebrate their holidays, and so it was stated because the community used their voice and asked us to have a parade,” said Lindsay Richardson, the director of events for the Downtown Billings Alliance, the organization that puts on the parade.
When the parade first filled the streets in 1984, it was new. But now, 34 years later, it’s a tradition that’s all grown up, and it’s growing up with the families of Billings.
“Now we have people who own their own businesses who are participating as floats in the parade, who were once kids at the parade. So we hear a lot of excitement over it, just not only from the families in town but from the businesses who participate,” Richardson said.
The parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For more information and to see the parade route, click here.