ASHLAND -- Ashland’s annual Christmas parade and Christmas tree lighting ceremony are scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
The traditional parade will be limited in size and follow a new route this year to allow for adequate social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Ashland Main Street’s Executive Director Sandra Tunnell said.
The parade will begin at the intersection of Claremont Avenue, College Avenue and King Road, travel along Claremont, turn right on Main Street, and end at Union Street.
“It should give people room to spread out, be socially distant, and there are enough parking lots along the route that people can park their cars and watch along there,” Tunnell said.
The downtown tree lighting and fireworks will immediately follow the parade with short welcomes at Corner Park.
The Christmas Parade Committee had met a few months ago and decided the parade should continue. Tunnell then said she sought advice from the Ashland County Health Department on how to most safely hold the event.
To limit the amount of time people spend attending the parade, the number of entries this year is limited to 75. Last year’s parade featured 104.
The theme of this year’s parade is Christmas movies.
“This has been a very tough year for so many people, and the Christmas parade is really an event that people love,” Tunnel said. “There have been so many people who have been asking us and asking us. The Christmas spirit is real. It’s the best feeling. And we feel we can do it.”