It is the objective of the Spartanburg Jaycees to ensure that the Spartanburg Christmas Parade is an event that is creative, brings awe to children, and makes adults feel like children through inventiveness and innovation.
The Spartanburg Junior Chamber (“Jaycees”) is a young person’s leadership training organization. Our mission is to train tomorrow's leaders through community involvement. The focus of the organization is on Management, Individual, and Community Development, all of which is intended to make our members better citizens and our community a better place to live. The Spartanburg Jaycees, active in the community for over seventy years, support many local charitable causes. The Haven, a Christmas Shopping Spree for the less fortunate, and South Carolina Jaycee Camp Hope are just a few of the organizations that the Jaycees are able to support as a result of the Christmas Parade. Camp Hope has been financially supported by the SC Junior Chamber of Commerce since 1969. To date, the Jaycees have subsidized more than 10,000 individuals to the camps at a cost in excess of $950,000.
The first recorded Spartanburg Christmas Parade, according to library records, was in 1931. The Spartanburg Jaycees have coordinated the Spartanburg Christmas Parade since 1985. The parade is the largest nighttime parade in the Upstate and is held annually on the second Tuesday in December.
The Spartanburg Christmas Parade is a unique event that can draw up to 20,000 spectators. For the 2017 parade, the Jaycees are working on bringing back several initiatives that we believe enhance the parade experience for spectators and entrants. These initiatives include increasing participants, increasing the participation of local high school marching bands, and working with sponsors on new and creative float designs.
Attendance: Approximately 20,000 spectators line the 1.5 mile parade route.
Despite rainy weather in 2016, attendance was in line with normal expectations.
Exposure: In 2016, the parade was televised on Christmas morning on WSPA from 6 to 8 AM.
In 2015, the parade was advertised on several billboards in the Spartanburg area.
Costs: The event is free to the public.