The Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade is an annual tradition beloved by many Greenvillians.  Marching bands, Christmas lights, local businesses and elected officials, dance groups, and Santa all come together in one evening to celebrate the season.

Related: Holiday planner for the Upstate in 2019

This year’s parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 on Main Street (map here of parade route and map here of Santa viewing). Here’s a look at some of the behind-the-scenes numbers that make up this popular event in Greenville. 

75: Number of floats

12: Number of streets closed for the parade

50: Number of volunteers

$2: Cost of hot chocolate sold by the Rotary Club of Greenville at the parade

0: Other vendors at the parade

6: Number of awards given: Joel Poinsett (Best Overall); Best Float; Best Walking Unit; Best Dance Unit; Best Marching Band; People’s Choice Award)

12: Number of marching bands

1 hour: Approximate time it takes for all the floats and Santa to walk the parade route

Dr. Seuss: This year’s Santa float theme

Christmas lights: Requirement of every float in the parade

Aug. 1: Date the city begins accepting applications for spots in the parade

Nov. 1: Closing date of applications to join the parade

94: Approximate number of years the parade has been happening in Greenville

1942-1944: Years the Christmas parade did not happen in Greenville because of World War II

1997: The year the Greenville Christmas Parade changed its name to the Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade

1998: First time the Christmas parade was held in the evening

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