The Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade is back this year, though with a major change — the floats will be static displays and spectators will be the ones moving along the parade route. The parade is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 20.
The Parade Association made the announcement Friday morning.
“As we continue living with the reality of COVID-19, we have learned and explored many ideas about how to keep spectators and participants as safe as possible,” the announcement reads. “This year our parade will look a bit different. We will be celebrating the 2021 parade as a reverse parade — with floats as static displays, and spectators moving west to east through the parade route. We will encourage family groups to move through the parade route together, social distancing from other groups, and masking if that is appropriate for you.”
More details are expected in the coming weeks, such as how local marching bands will be involved.
A representative from the association said in the comments on their Facebook post that “We will be reaching out to the band directors to try to come up with a plan. Our local bands add so much to the parade!”
They also wanted to point out that the parade is not put on by the City of Owensboro, which recently cancelled the annual Trail of Treats Halloween event.
The Christmas Parade is put on by a group of volunteers. Each entity had to make their own decision about whether or how to approach these events.