It’s the third year in a row Kingsport’s Christmas parade was an after-dark event. Floats and marchers, including bands and cheerleaders from local schools, were lighted in some fashion or another.
There were also dancers, politicians, community organizations, churches — and Santa.
In keeping with tradition predating the move to a nighttime parade, the Kingsport Fire Department provided the finale by giving Santa a ride along the route and to Church Circle.
Once the parade passed, the tree-lighting ceremony got underway right on schedule at 7:10 p.m. After a prayer, the crowd joined in song to perform “Silent Night.”
Mayor Pat Shull, assisted by Miss Kingsport Taylor Hubbard and Miss Sullivan County Caitlyn Ison, led the countdown to the tree-lighting and switched on the lights to the live tree in the center of Church Circle.