BV To Hold 'Reverse' Christmas Parade

Due to concerns about rising COVID-19 cases, the Buena Vista Christmas parade, to be held Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., will be held in a reverse format. The theme, “Hometown Christmas,” will take on added meaning in 2020, when many people are avoiding travel at Christmastime and taking on the Buena Vista spirit of resiliency!

The city of Buena Vista's annual Christmas parade is an event where hundreds of residents and out-of-town visitors normally gather along the parade route. Requiring and enforcing onlookers to socially distance themselves from others would be next to impossible. “We wanted to find a safe solution for this annual event,” said a spokesperson.

“We are happy to have heard about the idea of a 'reverse parade' where floats and other entries are stationary and spaced apart along the parade route, and those wishing to view the parade can do so simply by driving by to enjoy it from the safety of their vehicles. The hope is that this reverse parade format will keep all parade participants safe within their limited groups and designated space as well as the spectators viewing from their vehicles as they drive by.”

Parade floats and vehicles will be parked along Magnolia Avenue starting at 7 p.m., while cars drive past to view them. Float and vehicle line-up will begin at 6 p.m. Floats and vehicles will be lined up on Magnolia Avenue along the right-hand side. Spectator cars will drive down the left-hand side to view entries starting at 23rd street, so only one side of your float will be seen. “Decorate accordingly,” the spokesperson advised.

“We are encouraging residents and businesses along the parade route to decorate in a big way this year to add to the effect of the parade. Use of lights on floats, entries and businesses are highly encouraged.”

The annual Christmas parade is the kickoff to the holiday season for the community. It features colorful floats and entries from local businesses, churches, schools and civic groups, as well as school marching bands and – of course – Santa Claus. More parade information, parade rules, and the entry application can be found at:

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