LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The City of Lufkin announced Wednesday there will be a Christmas Parade this year.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s “reverse parade” will look a little different from years past in order to comply with state guidelines.
Director of Lufkin’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Taylor Commiato says the parade will be held in a reverse format with the parade participants lining up on the sides of the streets where the route will take place.
This year’s theme is “a hometown Christmas”—and they will allow cars to drive through the “parade” to view the floats.
“As far as why when we are allowed to have other events, and mainly it is because it is such a set time period and everybody is sitting in such a tight space and they are not moving around. So, there is no way to ensure social distancing for that. Whereas other events, people are up and moving; there is air flowing. So, that’s kind of the difference in why we had to make this decision,” said Commiato.
Parade participants will be lined up on the sides of the parade route streets. Monday, December 7 at 6:30 p.m. cars may view the parade floats drive-thru style. The event is scheduled to end at 8:00 p.m.
In Nacogdoches the Nine Flags Christmas Parade will also be in reverse fashion on December 5 at 6 p.m. The United Way sponsored event will not be downtown, but at the Nacogdoches High School.
Gary Ashcraft, United Way director said, “There is no way social distancing can be safely practiced along Main Street. Just too many people come out to this popular event.”
Cars will enter the Nacogdoches High School Dragon Stadium parking lot off Maroney Drive.
Carolers and an abundance of Christmas surprises will greet motorists. Then they will curve through the parking lot viewing as many as 50 floats or more. Signup for float participants is underway.