In Soo Michigan, this year’s Parade of Lights will be looking a lot different given the pandemic and the massive surge of cases in Chippewa county.
Kayla Nicholson, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority said that due to the rising number of COVID cases, the decision was made to host the parade in a socially distant friendly manner.
The drive-by parade had been recommended by one of the board members as an option based on success stories seen from other communities.
Friday, November 27 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the parade will remain stationary on Bingham Avenue and residents will have the chance to drive-by. The Parade of Lights will start at the Lyons Street intersection and proceed northbound along the west side of the street. Nicholson said this route was chosen after multiple discussions and co-ordinating efforts with the engineering department as the safest and most efficient use of space while allowing two-way traffic to remain constant and normal.
Parade-goers will be able to remain in their vehicles with their respective families to drive by and enjoy the spectacle. To limit interactions, there will be no treat-exchanging, sitting on Santa’s lap or tree lighting ceremony. However, the city Christmas tree will be lit for parade-goers to drive-by at the end of their route. Santa will be at the end of the parade to wave to those who pass by. They will have an elf with a social-distant friendly method to give letters to Santa or wishlist’s any children would like to write and drop off.
Nicholson is also calling Parade of Lights participants to participate in this year’s parade. Show off your business, club, organization or personal creativity with a lighted float or display to be showcased Friday evening.
Those who want more details or want to participate in this parade can contact Kayla Nicholson at [email protected].