Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 7, 2019 (Rain date is 12/8/19)
Parade Rules, Regulations & Application
Parking & Transportation
Foundry Place Garage parking: $2 flat rate for parking from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 (or rain date).
Portsmouth's free parking shuttle operates from 4 p.m to 11 p.m. This shuttle allows for easy parking at the Connect Community Church's parking lot off Market Street, and quick transportation to the downtown at the Hanover Street bus stop - all free of charge.
High/Hanover Parking Garage: $1.75 per hour standard rates apply.
Road Closures & Detours
Click here for details from the Portsmouth Police Department about street closures and detours.
Each year a Grand Marshal is chosen who exemplifies the good work that has been done in Portsmouth. The 2019 Holiday Parade Co-Grand Marshalls are outgoing Mayor, Hon. Jack Blalock and outgoing City Manager, Mr. John Bohenko.
The 2019 Market Square Christmas tree is being donated from Martins Point Health Care, located at 161 Corporate Drive. It will be a Colorado Blue Spruce, weighing in at approximately 3000 pounds. Public Works will lower into place in the heart of Market Square on November 25. The tree will be beautifully decorated with 200 lights and several hundred ornaments.
Below please note key deadlines for participating in the parade, as well as the document that includes full rules, regulations and the application form:
- Monday, November 4: Application deadline for floats, flatbed trailers and towed trailers
- Monday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.: Safety Meeting for float entries and any entry carrying someone outside a vehicle cab. Portsmouth Police Station – 1 Junkins Avenue (see special rules for floats/towed trailers. Please bring 3 things to the meeting: Pics or schematics of float (if pulling a trailer-- photos must show that wheels are not exposed); proof of registration & insurance for trailer; and photocopy of the drivers license of the driver of the float unit. All drivers will be re-checked on parade night.
- Monday, November 25 at 12:00 p.m.: Deadline for other entries. (A $25 late fee must accompany ALL applications following the deadline.)