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A tradition of Pell City, the annual Christmas Parade gets ready to add another chapter to its history, with the event taking place on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m.

According to Executive Director of the Pell City Chamber of Commerce, Urainah Glidewell, the event has been going on in Pell City for “forever.”

However, this year has more obstacles due to the outbreak of Covid-19. While this may mean the parade looks a little different this year, Glidewell still remains committed to putting on a good show.

“While it may be fewer floats this year, it is still going to be a wonderful time,” Glidewell said. “It is always a good time and we are looking forward to it.”

Last year’s parade set the record for floats participating, with 122. While this year may not eclipse that number, registrations to participate in the parade with a float continue to flow into the Chamber of Commerce.

Online and mail-in registration remain popular options for the participants who are registering in the middle of a pandemic.

Citizen of the year Lyle Harmon will be featured on a float, while multiple local businesses are participating as well as the police department, fire department and a guest appearance from Santa Claus. The Chamber of Commerce will also once again have their snow machine, a tradition of theirs.

All will be competing for the trophy of best float in the parade.

The parade begins at Pell City High School and ends at the Avondale Walking Track.

Participants and guests are encouraged to wear masks. Furthermore, guests can watch the event from their car in order to practice social distancing.

After a tough year for so many due to the restrictions of the virus, Glidewell says it is nice to have some traditional festivities to bring us together.

“It has been a tradition in Pell City for so long. There is so much dividing us, and it is important to bring the community together as safe as possible,” Glidewell said. “This year is always a time for hope.”

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