Clarence Brown Named Grand Marshal of Bedford Christmas Parade

(BEDFORD) – Bedford Revitalization Inc. is working to host Bedford’s Christmas Around the Square, traditionally held on the first Saturday in December.   

At this time, Bedford’s Christmas Around the Square is planned to take place on Saturday, December 5, 2020.  

The Grand Marshal for the 2020 Bedford Christmas Parade is Clarence Brown.

Clarence Brown

Brown is a life-long resident of Lawrence County and graduated from Bedford High School.

He founded the Martin Luther King March in Bedford and has remained the organizer of the event for 31 years. He also serves the community by encouraging fellow residents using his gift of song at local nursing facilities and funerals, as well as being a silent blessing to others in a variety of ways.

The BRI Parade Committee voted on potential candidates at the end of 2019, to serve as Grand Marshals for the 2020 Parades. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the Limestone Heritage Festival & Parade was canceled. The BRI Parade Committee is looking forward to hosting the upcoming Christmas Parade, which wraps up the festivities taking place downtown as part of Bedford’s Christmas Around the Square.

Clarence Brown

It’s free to enter the illuminated Christmas parade. The parade will step off at 6 p.m.

The parade theme is a general “Christmas” theme, to allow parade entries to focus mostly on the Christmas light aspect of their parade entry. All entries MUST have Christmas lights incorporated into their design.

The deadline to enter the Christmas parade is Monday, November 23rd.

To enter the parade click here. You must hit SUBMIT at the end of the application and an email with a recap of your responses will be sent to the email address provided on the form. Your assigned parade entry number will be posted here by Wednesday, December 2nd. 

More information for food truck vendors and Open Air Christmas Market vendors will be released in mid-October.

You can email parades@downtownbedford.org with any questions.

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