2021 Princeton Christmas Parade theme

PRINCETON — After a year’s absence due to COVID-19, and thanks to the City of Princeton, the annual Princeton Christmas Parade resumes this evening with the theme of “Gifts Under the Tree”.

Princeton City Manager Mike Webb said Monday that the parade, which was previously run by the Chamber of Commerce of The Two Virginias on the Monday after Thanksgiving, would have 50 participants.

“Approximately seven of those participants will be performing in front of the Town Square along the parade route on Mercer Street at various stages of the parade with all participants stopping and resuming at the end of each performance,” he said.

Among the 50 participants, Webb added, would be marching bands, community organizations, floats, fire departments and, of course, Santa Claus.

Among the changes made were having registration for the parade done earlier in order to coordinate the Town Square performances and the first-ever live-streaming of the parade.

“We will also be providing hot chocolate at various points along the route,” he said.

Webb concluded by saying,”With 50 participants, it has taken a lot of coordination and preparation to organize the parade. We hope that everyone has a wonderful time at the parade, both those there live and those watching from home.”

The parade will start at the intersection of Mercer and Fifth streets at 6 p.m. and go up Mercer Street to the Courthouse where it will end. Please remember that the parade route will be closed to through traffic during starting at 5 p.m.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

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