Submitted by Haley Bouchie
Jasper Merchants Association
The virus is trying to steal Christmas. Just like the folks in Whoville, we cannot let that happen.
With coronavirus running rampant through our country, we are trying to bring some sort of normal to our lives. The Jasper Merchant’s Association has been working hard these last few weeks trying to come up with a way to have a Christmas parade while keeping the safety of our citizens first. We have a solution - a drive-thru parade on Saturday, December 5th, but now we need your help.
What we need from the public
We need floats. It does not have to be a traditional float with a flatbed and a truck pulling it. Whatever you can come up with, we want you. The theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” So many possibilities. Let your imaginations run wild. We will keep you social distanced. Your area will be marked, and only your group will be allowed in that area.
What we do have: We have the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree at the courthouse. But this year it will be virtual. Please stay in your car. KnowPickens will have the lighting live at 6 p.m., so you can watch it on your device.
The Pride of Pickens will also be on the courthouse lawn so families can enjoy them from the comfort of their car. They will start off the parade.
We will be broadcasting over the radio. We have the technology for the public to be able to tune in on the car radio to hear the festivities live as they happen, so no matter where you are, you will be able to hear as well as see everything.
We will have the reading of A Christmas Story. City Council member Kirk Raffield will be reading this year. You will be able to hear over the radio as well.
We have DJ Dano, of New Years Eve fame, that will keep us entertained through the evening. He will have Christmas music and will be talking about the floats that you will see, and other fun.
We have volunteers, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce, to keep everything moving along and ensure we are following the guidelines.
We want this to be as big as last year, but without you, the public, we cannot make that happen. Please help us by being part of the solution, and don’t let the virus steal Christmas.