Lee Ann and Bart Walker to serve as Murfreesboro Christmas Parade Grand Marshals

Dec 03, 2022 at 01:10 pm by WGNS News

L to R: Bart and Lee Ann Walker of WGNS Radio

MURFREESBORO– After years of serving as parade coordinators, Lee Ann and Bart Walker will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2022 Murfreesboro Christmas Parade. With the theme “Christmas Through the Years,” the parade starts from Main Street at Middle Tennessee State University on Sunday, Dec. 11, starting at 2 p.m. and ends at the Rutherford County Courthouse on the historic square. 

After moving to Murfreesboro and purchasing WGNS News Radio with Bart in the fall of 1984, the station was approached by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and take over coordinating the Christmas parade. His wife, Lee Ann, had numerous years coordinating the Tennessee Crafts Fair at Centennial Park in Nashville, so she agreed to help.


Lee Ann noted, "I loved working with the many talented people in the Heart of Tennessee to create this annual event that has brought so many people together. Those 35-plus years flew quickly, and I will miss working with all of the wonderful people associated with this community event."



Over 160 parade entries including floats, marching bands, musical acts, and of course Santa in his sleigh will travel merrily down the route, spreading cheer and goodwill to the community. See photos from last year's parade in Murfreesboro above (you can view different sets of photos by clicking the two diffierent pictures above).

The parade is now coordinated by the City of Murfreesboro’s Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about the Christmas Parade, contact Rachel Singer at 615-642-3723 or rsinger@murfreesborotn.gov, or visit the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Facebook event page at @MurfreesboroParksandRec. 

Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing vibrant public spaces and inclusive programs delivered with visionary leadership and caring staff that engage the individual and strengthen the quality of life of our community. 

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