Amherstburg to Decide on Santa Claus Parade Format

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Amherstburg will discuss a new format for its Santa Claus Parade during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor Parade Corporation will present a reverse parade to council Tuesday night — the same concept Kingsville Town Council Approved last month.

It would see the parade remain stationary and spectators move through to view attractions to better control how many people are in the area at one time.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says similar plans are being approved all over the province.

"It's an interesting alternative to a traditional parade. An intriguing way to try and save something that was not going to happen due to the pandemic," he says.

Like in Kingsville, organizers would encourage residents to reserve free tickets to better plan crowd control and DiCarlo sees it as a safer alternative.

"We have always had an incredible turn out for our parades and I think that might be my biggest fear is if we had too big a turn out during a pandemic," he says. "How would we work through that really?"

DiCarlo expects there to be discussion about crowds at the River Lights Festival as well.

"I'm not sure what would happen if they all come down for the parade and decided they all want to see the lights at the same time too," he says. "I'm sure those are the kind of things that we'll hear about and council will have to decide whether it's something we're comfortable with."

Staff would also be stationed throughout the parade to make sure everyone is following COVID-19 precautions.

Amherstburg Town Council gets underway at 6 p.m.