Midlands residents came out to the heart of Lexington Sunday to watch the annual Christmas parade. The event was part of the town's weekend-long Snowball Festival. There were about 75 entries in this year's parade line-up.
According to town communications manager Laurin Barnes, despite Friday's events being cancelled due to weather, the festivities went well. "We've gotten feedback from parents that said their kids had an amazing time, and they were so glad they got to have some 'normal' fun in a year that has been so tough for their kids," she said.
Weekend COVID precautions included:
-holding all events outdoors, limiting number of patrons
-masks and social distancing were strongly encouraged
-the carnival held Saturday was a ticketed event, only allowing for a certain number of people in each hour
-instead of traditional Santa pictures, the Town provided letters to Santa instead
-parade entries were reduced from the normal 150 to about 75
-parade participants were not allowed to pass any candy, items, etc. to the crowd
Town representatives live-streamed Saturday's Christmas tree lighting and Sunday's parade so those who were not able to attend in-person could still watch the festivities.