Phil Nanney will be Christmas parade grand marshal

New Albany MS Phil Nanney speaks
Phil Nanney at his desk Friday afternoon, September 20, 2019. ( photo)
November 25th, 2019     General News

  1. The City of New Albany’s Christmas Parade will be Monday, Dec. 2, starting at 6 p.m. in historic downtown New Albany.

Billye Jean Stroud, Director of Community Development and Main Street, confirmed the theme of this year’s parade will be “Let It Snow.”  All entries are encouraged to display this theme on their floats and other vehicles.  Applications are online at www.newalbanymainstreet.comor at 135 East Bankhead Street.

There is a $10 application fee and the first-place winner of the six categories – business, civic group, church, youth group, school group and adult group – will be awarded $100 each. The judging criteria will be based on each group’s ability to project the parade theme of “Let it Snow.”

Parade line-up will be from 4-5:45 p.m. on Dec. 2 at the Union County Library’s lower parking lot. All parade participants should enter at the King Street entrance behind Rutledge Printing. Parade Committee directors and judges will help participants into the correct line.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. sharp, exiting the library parking lot onto Carter Avenue and proceeding up to Main Street. The route will head west on Main Street, going around the corner to Bankhead Street, turning east, traveling through the historic downtown shopping district, and going past the Union County Courthouse. The route will finish by turning south onto Camp Avenue, heading back onto Main Street, moving under the Tanglefoot Trail walking bridge, and ending back at the lower library parking lot.

The 2019 Grand Marshall for the City’s Christmas Parade is retiring UCDA Director and community leader, Phil Nanney.  “Phil Nanney is the perfect choice for this year’s parade.  His dedication to this community not only in industrial development but his spectacular service to the community through theater and the performance arts area makes him a great ambassador for our annual parade.  He has touched so many lives during his tenure with UCDA that it’s fitting that he represents us now as we enter into the holiday season.” said Stroud.

If you would like more information, call Billye Jean Stroud at (662) 534-3438 or email her assistant, Tracy Vainisi, at

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