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Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will be televised only this year due to the pandemic

Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will be televised only this year due to the pandemic

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The 36th annual Dominion Energy Christmas Parade

Members of the Virginia State University marching band make their way down Broad Street during the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade on Dec. 7, 2019.

RICHMOND—The Dominion Energy Christmas Parade will be a televised only-event this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The parade will be held Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon and viewers can watch it on WTVR CBS6. The parade will be rebroadcast on Christmas Day.

The event typically draws a crowd of over 100,000 onlookers on Broad Street and is a holiday tradition for many families. An additional 250,000 watch the parade on TV.

Organizers said the safety of parade-goers and uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions at the time of the parade drove their final decision.

“Although the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade won’t be live this year, we know that moving the event to a televised special is what’s best for the Richmond community,” said Beth Karrer, parade director. “We can all celebrate this year’s parade with family and friends in the comfort of our homes while bringing holiday cheer to Richmond in the safest way possible.”

This year’s event will be pre-filmed at an undisclosed location so that people can watch it safely from their homes. Broad Street will not be closed to traffic for the day of the parade. Instead, the parade will be filmed over several days in advance in order to appropriately distance the participants and floats.

“We are gearing up for a full line-up of some of our favorite floats, marching bands, balloons and special entertainment,” Tera Barry, a spokesperson for the Christmas Parade, said. Organizers are still working out the details on this year’s performers and participants. Barry said that this year’s parade expects to have about 70 percent to 80 percent new units, with the remaining percentage featuring a “best of” parade footage from over the years of balloons or units that won’t be able to be filmed this year.

This will be the 37th year for the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade.

“Our hope is really to bring the joy of the season this Christmas after a really hard 2020,” Barry said.

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