For 39 years, the Christmas parade in Gatlinburg has been welcoming visitors from all across the country to the Smoky Mountains to celebrate the holiday season. Since the first parade, over 20 million people have visited the area to take part in the Christmas celebration.
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This year’s parade is a little bit different, though. The theme for the 2014 parade is “Gatlinburg Nose Christmas,” and here’s why: the city of Gatlinburg is making an attempt to break a Guinness World Record at the parade this year. We’ve put together a few of the most popular questions about the parade to show you how you can be a part of all of the fun:
Which record is the city of Gatlinburg trying to break at the Christmas parade?
Have you ever wanted to break a Guinness World Record? Well, this holiday season, you can! On December 5, 2014, beginning at 7:30 p.m., officials from the city of Gatlinburg will hand out red noses to over 20,000 parade attendees. Each attendee will be asked to wear the red nose for 5 minutes simultaneously. This will help break the record of the most red noses worn simultaneously at a single event.
The current record was made in 2011 in Australia with a record count of 16,092 red noses worn simultaneously. You can read more about the current Guinness World Record here: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records-7000/most-people-wearing-red-noses/
How many people will be at the parade?
Every year, the city of Gatlinburg expects tens of thousands of visitors to make their way to the area specifically for the parade. With the attempt to break the world record, the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade will likely bring in even more visitors.
What else can we expect to see at the Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg?
Along with all of the record-breaking festivities, visitors can expect to see:
Decorated parade floats
And of course, Santa Claus!
Where is the parade route?
The parade route begins at traffic light #1A and continues through the city of Gatlinburg, along the Parkway, to traffic light #10.
Where should we stay to be a part of the Christmas parade?
If you are planning to attend the parade, you’ll want to stay closeby, but not so close that you are a part of the hustle and bustle. If you’re looking for the perfect place to retreat to, with peace and quiet, but still on a couple of minutes from action-packed Gatlinburg, Highlands Condos in Gatlinburg is the best choice!
When you stay with Highlands Condos, you can experience high quality amenities while overlooking the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. After spending time at the parade, you will love relaxing in one of our two bedroom or three bedroom condos, fully equipped with everything you need for a wonderful vacation.
To start planning your getaway, go ahead and give us a call. We are happy to help answer any questions you may have about staying in the area. We hope you’ll join us at the Christmas parade in Gatlinburg and we look forward to having you at Highlands Condos!