Peoria Celebrates 130th Santa Claus Parade

Photo: Alpha Media/Ed Hammond

(WEEK)- The country’s longest running holiday parade will kick off its 130th year on Friday.

The parade will start at 10:15 a.m. at the Peoria Central Firehouse at Monroe and Bryan. It will then proceed down Monroe, take a left on Main, a right on Jefferson, a left on Liberty and a left on Adams before ending at the Peoria County Courthouse.

The grand marshal in this year’s parade is Brigadier Gen. Robbie Robertson, a Peoria native and former commander of the 182nd Airlift Wing. Robertson is now chief of the Illinois Air National Guard, commanding more than 3,000 guardsmen.

The parade will also feature floats, costumed characters, horses, marching bands and, of course, Santa Claus.

This year’s theme is “That Magical Christmas Feeling.”

The following intersections will be impacted from 9:45-11:30 a.m. on Friday:

  • Monroe & Wayne
  • Monroe & Green
  • Monroe & Hancock
  • Monroe & Bryan
  • Monroe & Spalding
  • Monroe & Fayette
  • Monroe & Hamilton
  • Monroe & Main
  • Madison & Main
  • Madison & Hamilton
  • Jefferson & Bryan
  • Jefferson & Hamilton
  • Jefferson & Fulton
  • Jefferson & Main
  • Jefferson & Liberty
  • Adams & Harrison
  • Adams & Liberty
  • Adams & Fulton
  • Adams & Main
  • Adams & Hamilton
  • Hamilton & Washington
  • Adams & Bryan
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