Boonville Continuing Annual Christmas Parade Tradition Despite Pandemic

After holding the Boonville Christmas Parade for the last 74 years, the city has the longest continuous-running Christmas parade in the state of Indiana - and Boonville Mayor Charlie Wyatt says the pandemic isn't going to change that.

Posted: Dec 3, 2020 10:45 AM
Updated: Dec 4, 2020 10:25 AM

Boonville Mayor Charles R. Wyatt said Thursday that there were no plans of canceling the Boonville Christmas Parade even in the midst of the pandemic.

The Boonville Christmas Parade has been held for the last 74 years, and according to Mayor Wyatt, it's the longest continuous-running Christmas Parade in the State of Indiana.

While there are no plans to cancel the parade entirely, Mayor Wyatt says things will be different this year than they have been before. 

"We have been watching other events and doing a lot of reading on the COVID 19 virus," Wyatt explained. "A decision was made to have the Parade but it would not be like any other Parade we have put on in the past 74 years."

According to Mayor Wyatt, the 2020 Boonville Christmas Parade will be a caravan parade with no bands, no marchers, and no candy being tossed out to those watching. Those watching the parade are also being asked to practice social distancing, wear masks, and stay inside of their cars prior to the parade's start.

The parade caravan will line up on North 1st Street for the beginning of the parade.  The Boonville City Police and Boonville Fire Department along with VFW # 3418 Color Guard will lead the Parade and as always Santa will be at the end of the Parade.

The Parade route will start at 1st Street and Main, then go to 1st Street and Locust Street, where it will take a left and proceed along Locust Street until 5th Street. where Then the parade route will take a left and go to Main Street, and again take a left to proceed to 2nd Street where the Parade will break up.

The Boonville Christmas Parade will be held on Sunday, Dec. 6, and it starts at 2:00 p.m.

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