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Jordin Sparks to Kick Off Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade in Dallas

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The youngest-ever "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks will officially kick off the holiday season in Dallas at the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 3, 2011. Sparks, a platinum-selling recording artist, will contribute to the magic of the parade by singing “The Cure,” a song off of her latest album. "The Cure" is also the theme song for the Children’s Medical Center’s original dramatic documentary series “Children’s Med Dallas,” which aired on WFAA-Channel 8 this summer.

The Grammy-nominated singer is well known for her chart-topping hits including “Tattoo”, “Battlefield” and “No Air.” Sparks also recently wrapped up her tour with the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block. She currently serves as a mentor in the new singing-competition TV show “Majors & Minors.” The singer/actress is working on her feature film debut in the upcoming movie, “Sparkle,” also starring Whitney Houston and Mike Epps.

Sparks will lead this year’s nationally syndicated parade with five special Grand Marshals – featured patients from Children’s.

Parade Details

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the corner of Austin and Commerce Streets, traveling east on Commerce, and is free and open to the public. A limited number of bleacher seat tickets are available. The bleachers are positioned along Commerce Street and City Hall Plaza starting at $25. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the medical center. Purchase tickets at online. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Children's Medical Center.

For those not purchasing reserved tickets, sidewalk seating is available along the parade route, and officials recommend arriving before 7 a.m. to secure a good spot. An estimated 350,000 attend the annual event. Take DART to get downtown if at all possible.

The Parade Includes:

  • Jordin Sparks
  • Marching Bands
  • Spectacular floats
  • Giant inflatable balloons
  • Santa Claus
  • For more information about the Children's Medical Center Holiday Parade, including route information, visit Children's Medical Center.

    Children's Medical Center is private, not-for-profit, and is the seventh largest pediatric healthcare provider in the country with 559 licensed beds, two full-service campuses and 10 outpatient sites. Children's was the state's first pediatric hospital to achieve Level 1 Trauma status and is the only pediatric teaching facility in North Texas, affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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