Parade Details Finalized for Kingsville's Fantasy of Lights Festival

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Kingsville's annual Santa Claus Parade will move forward a little differently during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Windsor Parade Corporation's Jeremy Pillon presented a plan for a "reverse parade" to the Fantasy of Lights Festival Committee Tuesday night.

The committee approved the $12,000 parade that will see floats remain in a stationary position so people can walk through and view them at staggered start times.

"It will include everything you're used to seeing like floats, the horse units, bands ... entertainers and there's going to be a few other surprises as well," says Pillon, who adds the format reaches the best balance between fun and safety.

Residents will also be encouraged to reserve advanced tickets at no cost, according to Pillon.

"The idea is that it ends up allowing for a bit of a staggered start so we don't have a giant group of people walking through in a herd," Pillon added. "It will allow for more social distancing and space on the route."

He says the job description for parade marshals has been altered for the event.

"The marshals will be there, not keeping people back off the road, but trying to make sure spacing guidelines are being adhered to," he says.

Dinner with Santa is the only event the committee had to remove from the schedule due to public gathering concerns during the pandemic.

The parade kicks off the Fantasy of Lights Festival in downtown Kingsville on Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.; the festival wraps up Jan. 8.