JOPLIN, Mo. — Christmas parades continue in cities and towns across the area, but tonight (12/6), it was the city of Joplin’s turn. The 52nd annual Joplin Christmas Parade rolled down Main Street, as spectators lined both sides of the route to see the decorated floats and area school bands.
2022 Float Winners
- Best Use of Theme: All Seasons Signs
- Judge’s Choice: Twin Oak Cabinets
A total of 109 floats and five marching bands passed by paradegoers, making this one of the largest Christmas parades in Joplin’s history.
Prior to tonight’s parade, hundreds of Freeman Health System volunteers worked to transform the downtown area into a “candy land.” All of the funds from this year’s parade go to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
“It’s a very important event, it’s fun for everyone to get to come out and celebrate the holidays here in Joplin. It’s a family event, and I’ve seen a lot of happy children and a lot of happy grown-ups. It’s been a great evening,” said Joplin parade spectator and Director of Joplin Public Works, Dan Johnson.
Crews from both KSN and KODE made an appearance in tonight’s parade, while it aired live on our website and on KSN-TV 16. Our parade coverage was hosted Gary Bandy and Shelby Neely, anchors of KSN’s “Living Well,” who providing commentary from the judge’s stage at 8th and Main.
This year’s parade judges included Paula Baker, Joplin Mayor Doug Lawson, Dr. Ryan Longnecker, Dr. John Cox, and Vicki Cox.