With new COVID-19 restrictions recently released, organizers of the Alton Christmas parade have decided to change things up this year.
This year, the Dec. 12 parade will be stagnant with viewers riding by to see the parade.
From 11 a.m. to noon, parade entries will be set up along Cluster Springs Road and Blane Road through Alton, according to organizer Stacey Long.
“We invite all who would like to view the parade to drive through Alton and take your time to see the hard work put into each entry. Make sure to look on both sides of the highway for all the festive entries,” said Long.
The family of the late Rosemary Ramsey will be grand marshals, and Little Miss Alton and Little Mr. Alton will be set up on Blane Road.
Santa will be waiting for guests in front of the Alton Post Office in his secret mode of transportation.
In year’s past, Santa has made his Alton appearance in a pontoon boat, a Grand Springs bottled water truck, an old fashioned tobacco sled and more.
Organizers encourage the public to come see how the Jolly Elf with arrive this year, and they say families can stop and take a photo in front of his float.
Dancers from We’ve Got Rhythm will be beside the post office in a neighboring yard.
Across the road from the post office will be several craft booths with a drive through service.
Social distancing will be observed at all times, and Long said they ask attendees remain in their cars.
“We have some surprises along the way, and we hope everyone will come out for some good old country Christmas spirit. We couldn’t just cancel this years celebration so we adjusted it to fit the regulations. Merry Christmas from the folks in Alton, and we hope to see you at our drive thru Christmas Parade,” Long concluded.