Temporary Road Closure Planned for Parade this Saturday, December 12
Lafayette Drive to be Closed

December 7, 2020 – A temporary road closure is planned for Lafayette Drive on Saturday, Dec. 12 to allow for the “reverse” parade to take place.

The northbound lanes of Lafayette Drive will be closed to traffic beginning around 3 p.m. The southbound lanes and access roads will be closed to traffic beginning around 5 p.m. Both will remain closed to traffic until the parade ends at 8 p.m.

The “reverse” parade is sponsored by the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oak Ridge.

Oak Ridge Chamber’s “Reverse” Christmas Parade this Saturday, December 12

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.