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Alton hosts drive-thru Christmas Parade Dec. 12 / November 19, 2020
The Alton Christmas Parade will have a different look this year — with a drive-thru format that allows spectators to enjoy the holiday entries from the safety of their vehicles.

This year’s Alton Christmas parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 12 from 11 a.m.-noon. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the parade will be done quite differently. Each parade entry will be set up at different addresses along Cluster Springs Road and Blane Road through Alton. Everyone is invited to view the parade by driving through Alton and taking 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.

The family of Rosemary Ramsey will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals. Little Miss Alton and Little Mr. Alton will be set up on Blane Road to greet spectators. Santa Claus will be waiting for you in front of the Alton Post Office in his amazing secret mode of transportation — you are invited to stop and take a photo in front of his float.

Dancers with We’ve Got Rhythm will give a dance performance beside the post office in a neighboring yard. Across the road from the post office, several craft booths will offer drive-through service. Social distancing will be observed at all times and guests are asked to remain in their cars.

The folks who bring you the Alton Christmas Parade each year have some surprises in store for Dec. 12 and hope everyone will come out for some good old country Christmas spirit.

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