The Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce’s annual
Christmas Parade will be held this year, but with a twist. This year’s offering
will be a “reverse” parade. The event will be held on Saturday, December 12
from 6 – 8 p.m. The theme of this year’s “reverse” parade is “It’s Beginning
to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” More than 40 individuals and organizations have
signed up to display along the parade route.
A “reverse” parade is a parade where the
floats are stationary and spectators drive the parade route. The night of the
parade, floats will line the northbound lanes of Lafayette Drive (heading towards
Oak Ridge Turnpike) and spectators will drive down the southbound lanes
(heading towards Illinois Avenue) to enjoy the festivities from the safety and
comfort of their own cars. The decision to move to a “reverse” parade was made
in consultation with Chamber staff and leaders from the City of Oak Ridge
because of COVID-19 concerns.
To view the parade, spectators will enter
Lafayette Drive from the eastbound lane of the Oak Ridge Turnpike. The parade
entries will be lining the other side of Lafayette beginning at the Emory Valley
Road intersection and ending at the Midway Road intersection. A goodie bag will
be given to the first 1,000 cars. Cars may begin driving the route at 6:00 p.m.
and the last cars will be admitted at 8:00 p.m.