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Belpre Holiday Lights Parade set for Nov. 28

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus in the 2018 Belpre Holiday Lights Parade in Belpre. (File Photo)

BELPRE — The Belpre Holiday Lights Parade will be held 6 p.m. Nov. 28 and will utilize a new procedure to ensure safety of all participants, according to Bobette Grimm, president of Belpre Lions Club, a parade sponsor.

A reverse parade will be featured this year due to health concerns and the COVID-19 safety guidelines. The event will parade spectators in their vehicles while the traditional parade units will be stationary, lining a designated route and remaining socially distanced, with cars parading by the lighted stationary floats and displays.

No spectators on foot will be permitted.

The club is partnering with the Belpre Holiday Lights Committee, the GFWC Belpre Woman’s Club, Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Belpre to maintain the parade tradition while offering a safe alternative to the usual parade structure.

Spectators are asked to stay in their vehicles after entering the parade area from Washington Boulevard in Belpre at the entrance to Belpre High School off Stone Road. Cars will travel north along Stone Road, right on Fourth St., left on Pine Street and then take a right turn onto School Drive. Vehicles will disperse at the tunnel closest to the football field press box.

Before leaving the parade route, children will receive pre-bagged packages of wrapped candy from the Belpre Woman’s Club and any hand-outs from participating businesses and groups.

Candy will be donated by all stationary float and display participants, Grimm said. Also, display participants are asked to bring to the check-in area at the school entrance a donation of canned food for Belpre Area Ministries.

No candy will be tossed to car occupants as cars pass by and no contact will be made by float or display participants. All displays will be distanced 8 feet apart.

Santa will greet children at the Civitan Park Gingerbread House at the boat dock area following the parade, according to Darien Lorentz of the Holiday Lights Committee. Appropriate safety practices will be observed, and visitors and children must remain in cars at all times.

Organizers encourage churches, businesses, community organizations to participate as “stationary floats” or displays. Display and “float” participants must submit an application by Wed., November 18. For information, call 304-488-8414 or 304-488-7713.

Applications for “floats” or displays can be picked up at City of Belpre, 715 Park Drive ,and at Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce office, 713 Park Drive. Applications can be accessed online at belprechamber.com or can be requested by email at info@belprechamber.com.

The chief organizers are Lorentz and Grimm.

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