Xmas ParadeDec 16 (copy)

Santa Claus waves to spectators from his float during last year's Tulsa Christmas Parade. IAN MAULE/Tulsa World file

If you’ve ever wanted to blast a Christmas music Top 40 playlist through the streets of downtown Tulsa, December may be the closest you’ll get.

At a news conference in the Tulsa Club Hotel ballroom Wednesday, officials announced the theme for the upcoming Christmas parade, scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 14, as “Rocking Around Tulsa Town.”

Arthur Greeno, president of the Tulsa Christmas Parade, said if all goes to plan, it will be one big Christmas party making its way through the streets.

Greeno said organizers want to see bands and floats of all sizes, from church choirs through high school marching bands, jamming in downtown for the parade.

“Let’s make it where they’re out there singing, where they’re out there playing music,” Greeno said. “There are so many different bands and music or organizations around here, whether you’re big or small, come show your Christmas spirit.”

The parade’s website is live at tulsachristmasparade.org, where registration is open as of Wednesday morning.

Paul Ross, vice president of American Waste Control, which sponsors the parade, said the theme’s inspiration came from a unifying concept: music. Christmas music of all flavors brings people together each December, and Ross said it’s the perfect starting point to build the parade around.

“Nothing brings people together during the Christmas season like the music, the songs of Christmas,” Ross said. “We want to take the opportunity to celebrate that. All different genres of music, we want to come together Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. as a community and celebrate all kinds of music.

“If you go to tulsachristmasparade.org, you kind of see a Top 40 Christmas songs right there. All kinds of holiday flair and flavor, and we’re asking the community to go and select which one they want to build a float around, build an entry around, because entries are now open and they will go fast.”

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Stetson covers breaking news, general assignment and other stories. He previously worked at the Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. He is from Broken Arrow and graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University. Phone: 918-581-8466

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