Bowling Green Christmas Parade rescheduled to Dec. 10

BG Christmas Parade rescheduled for Dec 10th
Published: Dec. 4, 2022 at 10:25 AM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Bowling Green Christmas Parade has been rescheduled to Dec. 10 with the Miracle Mile at 9 a.m. and the parade beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The schedule will be the exact same as it was intended to have been the original date.

Mary-John Carmon, Chairman of the Bowling Green Christmas Parade said, “The parade will remain as is every one that had everyone that had a lineup number will be in the same position. We will not add any more entries at all. It is in the numbers already said and it’s really kind of a logistical nightmare to start maneuvering people around.

Danette Idlett with Life’s Better Together is letting runners know there is still time to sign up for the Miricle Mile event before the parade Saturday morning, “We are opening up registration on our website at life’s better together.org We would love to have more families come out and help us celebrate and kick off the holiday season. And then we’re also going to have a moment to commemorate the tornado and the anniversary of the tornado and the devastation and the life loss you’re not community”.

The parade was rescheduled due to an alleged shooting threat made toward several civil rights groups on Saturday, Dec. 3 that gathered for justice for Emmett Till the 14-year-old boy abducted, tortured and lynched in Mississippi in the 1950s.

A woman, Carolyn Bryant Donham, accused Till of whistling at her, and more than 60 years later, Donham’s last location was tracked to Bowling Green, Kentucky.

As chairman for thirty years, Mary-John Carmon says that parade organizers were made aware of the armed civil rights protest long before it happened and had been keeping close contact with BGPD just in case anything from the protest changed the outcome of the parade-goer’s safety.

“I knew at one o’clock [Saturday] morning it wasn’t going to happen, but it was just a matter of going through the steps and the process of getting everyone on the same page,” said Parade Chair, Mary-John Carmon.

Though Carmon says the protest was never the issue.

“Even though we felt like it probably was not even going to be in our area, and then the protests was even scheduled to start to well after our parade was over,” Carmon said. “We just didn’t feel like it was a good thing to bring the community down into the parade area, and especially with as many children as we have.”

BG Christmas Parade cancelled