Plans for a different sort of Wilkes County Christmas Parade have been announced by the Wilkes Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the annual event.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be a “reverse” parade, according to a chamber press release. This means parade floats and other entries will park and remain stationery along the parade route while spectators drive by and view them.

The reverse Wilkes County Christmas Parade is scheduled for Dec. 5, starting at 3 p.m. and ending about 5 p.m. In addition to the chamber, co-sponsors again are the towns of North Wilkesboro and Wilkesboro. This year’s parade theme is, “A Christmas Filled with Hope.”

The parade will start on Independence Avenue and continue on Wilkesboro Boulevard in North Wilkesboro, cross the Yadkin River bridge into Wilkesboro and conclude at Main Street, Wilkesboro.

The chamber is asking individuals and groups interested in participating to contact the chamber office for information and request an application at 336-838-8662. “The Chamber will review the volume of interest received from participants to determine the final decision regarding hosting the parade,” stated the press release.

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