The COVID-19 pandemic means an epic change for the Christmas parade in one Virginia city.
Instead of the usual parade ritual, which involves guests staking out a good spot on the curb to watch the floats, the 2020 Christmas Parade in the City of Fredericksburg will be a reverse parade, where the floats stay still and the viewers are the ones on the move.
The idea was decided on as a way to keep the holiday tradition alive, while also staying safe during the pandemic.
The plan is for the floats to set up in socially-distanced spots along Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard.
And those who want to view the parade will drive by to see them.
The parade is scheduled for Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Registration to be in the reverse parade opens Sept. 10, with the deadline to register on Oct. 15.
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