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November 18, 2020

Holiday parades cancelled in Bealeton and Marshall

File Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Marshall still plans a “drive-by” event with Santa.
Bealeton and Marshall will have no Christmas parades this year.

Meanwhile, Warrenton’s parade will adapt to the pandemic.

“Due to Governor Ralph Northam’s updated COVID restrictions,” the Bealeton organizers announced in an email Monday night.

The statement cites the new mandate, effective Monday, for “no more than 25 persons inside or outside for any gathering. We will be notifying all the committees, media and participants immediately.”

The annual parade had been scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Dec. 5.

Marshall’s parade organizers followed suit Tuesday.

But, Marshall plans a “drive-by” event with Santa, with details to come, said Brenda Payne, who helps organize the village parade each December.

The Marshall parade would have taken place Saturday morning, Dec. 5.

But, Warrenton’s “reverse parade” still will take place Friday night, Dec. 4, its organizers said in a Facebook post Monday night:

“We’ve also received a lot of questions about the parade. Until the Town of Warrenton, VA – Government or Governor Ralph Northam cancels the parade we are moving forward.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m.

“This year we have reimagined the traditional Old Town parade to a ‘Reverse Parade‘ format,” organizers said on their website. “Floats will be parked and displayed along Main Street and attendees will drive by and view from the safety of their vehicles. This approach will allow for spacing between parade entries and no direct contact with the public. We are working with the Town of Warrenton to finalize times and details.”

Warrenton’s event will include about 30 floats, according to Town Councilman Sean Polster, one of the organizers.

But, the county’s three high school marching bands will not participate this year.

The event still will include lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree.

Photo slideshows from last year’s parades:

> Warrenton

> Bealeton

> Marshall
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Demosthenes · November 20, 2020 at 9:40 pm
I don't understand. I've been told since last spring that once we got to November 4th the fake news about the fake pandemic would stop. It is almost as if we face a real health crisis here.
Bonnie C. · November 20, 2020 at 5:00 pm
Truepat - have you ever SEEN the Warrenton Xmas parade??? It's shoulder-to-shoulder wall-to-wall people. There is no way that any form of social distancing could be accomplished, even with people sitting in chairs. The chairs now in place are for the RESTAURANTS on Main Street - not for parade-watching.

And Alyssalauren - no thanks for the spam. Who gives a damn about your stupid plant-based-living website. Go peddle your garbage somewhere else.
Truepat · November 19, 2020 at 6:13 am
You could always have parade watchers sitting in chairs along main street as if they were eating and drinking which appears to be ok?? Just a thought
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