The Christmas parade in Fredericksburg, VA is an important annual tradition and locals are adapting the event in the face of the COVID 19 pandemic. Rather than people lining the streets to witness the performers and the beautiful float passing by, they're going to drive by the event as the floats remain stationary.
The theme is “Light up the Season," and the goal is to bring to magic and lights of the holiday season to people while still allowing them to be safe. Since 1985, a downtown Fredericksburg holiday tradition with bands, marching units, and floats, followed by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Fredericksburg clearly keep Christmas in its hearts. The holiday season brings out people of all ages to watch the floats, enjoy the lights, and shop among local artisans for last-minute treasures.
From the website :
2020 Reverse Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 5:30pm.
The City of Fredericksburg is pleased to announce that at this time we are moving forward in planning the 2020 Christmas Parade in Fredericksburg. However, we are fully aware that with the uncertainly of COVID-19, events can drastically change or be canceled all together by the City or State.
We are working closely with all City departments to format the parade in such a way that health and safety for our participants and the community are top priority.
With that, we have redesigned the traditional parade to a Reverse Parade format. Floats will be stationed along Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard and attendees will drive by. It will be similar to a free drive-thru light display. This reverse parade format will allow for spacing between parade entries and no direct contact with the public.
The theme this year is “Light Up the Season!” Let’s brighten the night and everyone’s spirits as we keep this tradition alive!