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Explore the History of Tulsa’s Christmas Parade




Tulsa Christmas Parade by Jessica Gullo, published by Arcadia Publishing, is currently available at arcadiapublishing.com and tulsachristmasparade.org.

Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event for the past 90 years. Throughout part of its history, the parade has been held at night, and Tulsa and the surrounding communities have come together to put on elaborate, twinkling displays—full of sparkling lights—including floats, marching bands, and large balloons, culminating each year with the guest of honor, Santa himself, making a special trip from the North Pole all the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The book explores the grandeur and excitement of Tulsa Christmas Parade’s history against the backdrop of one of the largest collections of Art Deco architecture in the United States. It also includes numerous historic photos from past parades.

The book’s author, Jessica Gullo, has served as creative director for Tulsa Christmas Parade since 2015 and enjoys researching and preserving history for others to enjoy.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), who wrote the book’s Foreword, served as the mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984 and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma’s First District from 1987 to 1994. Since 1994, he has represented Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate. For almost 40 years, Inhofe has been a fixture of the parade, riding his horse and greeting spectators.

Updated 12-15-2017

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