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Carlo Klemm

Tulsa Christmas Parade will be held during daylight hours

Better turnout, young children and warmer weather cited as reasons for change

Aug 10, 2017

by Bill Sherman - Tulsa World

 

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Tulsa - For the first time since the mid-1980s, the Tulsa Christmas Parade will be held during daylight hours, it was announced Thursday by Arthur Greeno, parade chairman.

Tulsa’s 91st Christmas Parade will be held downtown at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

“We’re super excited about it,” Greeno said about the time change.

 

Historically, there was a better turnout when the parade was held during the day, he said.

Paul Ross, vice president of American Waste Control, the chief sponsor and organizer of the event, said that in 1952, some 250,000 people attended the daylight parade, and he would like to see similar numbers in the 2017 parade.

Last year an estimated 30,000 attended the evening parade.

 

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A Soldier’s Wish, which works to meet the needs of military personnel and their families, will again be the beneficiary of the parade, he said. The event raises more than $5,000 each year for the charity.

Registration opened Thursday for floats to be in the parade. Ross said he hoped to see more marching bands, which were popular last year.

 

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Santa Marty

Any of our ClausNet members involved in this event?

 

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Caleb Sigmon
39 minutes ago, Santa Marty said:

Any of our ClausNet members involved in this event?

 

I'm pretty sure this is Capstone's gig.

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Santa Marty
4 minutes ago, Caleb Sigmon said:

I'm pretty sure this is Capstone's gig.

Sadly, I believe that this was true until recently.

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Caleb Sigmon
Just now, Santa Marty said:

Sadly, I believe that this was true until recently.

Hadn't heard about this.  My bad!!

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Santa Marty
5 minutes ago, Caleb Sigmon said:

Hadn't heard about this.  My bad!!

Not bad, we can't keep up with everything.

Hopefully Tulsa will realize their folly in this decision and beg Chris to return.. 🎅🏼

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Carlo Klemm
7 minutes ago, Santa Marty said:

Sadly, I believe that this was true until recently.

Have I missed something?

 

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Caleb Sigmon
1 minute ago, Santa Marty said:

Not bad, we can't keep up with everything.

Hopefully Tulsa will realize their folly in this decision and beg Chris to return.. 🎅🏼

Their loss.

 

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Santa Johnny Boy

Was reading about the history of this fascinating parade;  there is some great vintage photos  and a book coming out about it: http://www.tulsachristmasparade.org/

It has been a tradition for 90 years!  It makes me happy to see so much effort being put into this, in a day and age where other major cities have done away with their parade.

Very well organized,  they also raise money to benefit veterans.  I wonder if it would be possible to see a rebroadcast of this?

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Felix Estridge
5 hours ago, Carlo Klemm said:

Have I missed something?

 

Yep...here.

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Chris Capstone

Haha! Yep, I was fired. One of the biggest sponsors of the parade had a family member who wanted to be Santa. So I'm out and he's in. Money talks...and Ho Ho walks.:o

I posted about it a while back: 

 

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Santa Bruce Geron

I was very sorry to hear of what happened to you last year, Chris.

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Chris Capstone
On 8/13/2017 at 9:39 PM, Santa Bruce Geron said:

I was very sorry to hear of what happened to you last year, Chris.

Actually it was for this year 2017. But honestly I am okay with it. That has been a crazy Saturday for the last 3 years. I glued up at 5:30 AM drove to Enid for 2 events, then back to Tulsa for 2 events, then ended the day with the parade. My wife was not really wild about the stress on me. She's always worried I'm gonna drop dead from a heart attack. It was pretty bad. When it gets like that you gotta ask "What am I doing to myself?" 

I'm going to back off on some of these other crazy weekends this year too. I have been able to add more weekday stuff so far this year so I won't feel the need to kill so much on the weekends. We are also discontinuing the operation of our private studio in Nov. It was profitable but my partner is going through a divorce and he's not really into this year.

I did the parade 3 years in a row so I'm happy and can say "been there done that." It's fun but really doesn't pay well, as it's mostly an "honor." I think I have had enough "honors" and the stress that goes with it. I'll still be doing the lights-on at Utica Square here in Tulsa. That's a nice event with about 15K attendance...and 5 minute drive from my house.

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Felix Estridge
23 minutes ago, Chris Capstone said:

Actually it was for this year 2017. But honestly I am okay with it. That has been a crazy Saturday for the last 3 years. I glued up at 5:30 AM drove to Enid for 2 events, then back to Tulsa for 2 events, then ended the day with the parade. My wife was not really wild about the stress on me. She's always worried I'm gonna drop dead from a heart attack. It was pretty bad. When it gets like that you gotta ask "What am I doing to myself?" 

I'm going to back off on some of these other crazy weekends this year too. I have been able to add more weekday stuff so far this year so I won't feel the need to kill so much on the weekends. We are also discontinuing the operation of our private studio in Nov. It was profitable but my partner is going through a divorce and he's not really into this year.

I did the parade 3 years in a row so I'm happy and can say "been there done that." It's fun but really doesn't pay well, as it's mostly an "honor." I think I have had enough "honors" and the stress that goes with it. I'll still be doing the lights-on at Utica Square here in Tulsa. That's a nice event with about 15K attendance...and 5 minute drive from my house.

So you are just barely an East sider?

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Chris Capstone
1 minute ago, Felix Estridge said:

So you are just barely an East sider?

I live in the Brookside area of town. Nearest main intersection is 41st and Utica. The tornado was 2 miles east of me last week. :)

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Felix Estridge
1 minute ago, Chris Capstone said:

I live in the Brookside area of town. Nearest main intersection is 41st and Utica. The tornado was 2 miles east of me last week. :)

I was much further south, near 71st & Sheridan.  Only about 5 minutes from Woodland Hills.  But that was back in the mid 80s.  Jenks America was just coming into its own back then.

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How many of us have lived in the Tulsa/NE OK area?

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