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Asheville Holiday Parade axed; free photos with Santa/wife set
Friday, 16 October 2020 21:43

From Staff Reports

The Asheville Holiday Parade is canceled for 2020 due to public health concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asheville  Downtown Association announced Oct. 6.

“The decision to cancel the parade was based on North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s September 30th announcement moving North Carolina into Phase 3,” an ADA press release stated.

“Phase 3 continues to limit outdoor gatherings to 50 people and provides capacity limits for outdoor spaces. The uncertainty of COVID-19 conditions and public safety protocols in effect at the time of the parade drove the decision.”

ADA Executive Director Meghan Rogers was quoted in the release as saying, “There are thousands of people in the parade and as many as 20,000 have come to watch in previous years, so it’s just not responsible to move forward in the midst of a public health crisis.”

The ADA took over production of the Asheville Holiday Parade in 2008. “The parade first marched, danced and rolled through downtown Asheville in 1946, meaning 2020 would have marked the 74th annual parade,” the release stated. “The parade is produced in partnership with the City of Asheville.”

In lieu of the parade, the ADA announced that it is planning to host free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Nov. 21 at Rabbit Rabbit at 745 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville. 

Guests are being asked to register for a time slot to maintain social distancing, with children and families asked to remain distanced from Santa and Mrs. Claus for photos.



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