Plans are underway for the Columbus Bicentennial Christmas Parade, celebrating 200 years in Columbus.
Normally, the parade takes place on the first Monday in December. This year the parade will host the Budweiser Clydesdales, and in order to fit their schedule, the parade will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.
The parade will also help celebrate the kickoff of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Columbus. The theme of the parade will be âVacation in the hometownâ¦ Past, present, futureâ. Parade organizers want to celebrate the things that are remembered the most when one thinks of Christmas in Columbus over the years.
Individuals, children’s groups and community organizations are encouraged to consider participating in the Christmas Parade, which will offer competitive and non-competitive categories.
Applications will be available starting Friday at columbusmainstreet.com, or facebook.com/MainStreetColumbus or by calling 328-6305.
Mayor Keith Gaskin said the city was excited to work with Main Street Columbus on the parade.
“We are planning other activities which will be announced later,” he said.
Barbara Bigelow, executive director of Main Street Columbus, noted that many downtown businesses will be open on December 5.
âI’ve actually wanted to try an afternoon parade for a while and that provides the perfect opportunity, and how great is it that the Clydesdales are coming back to Columbus?â she said. âThe Clydesdales were part of the 2013 Christmas Parade and made a special appearance downtown in 2018. Visiting our ‘Friendly City’ three times in eight years is so amazing!â
Organizers are asking parade participants to protect the event, wear masks if they wish, distance themselves and enjoy the parade.
Bigelow said the parade accepts sponsorships. Any business or person wishing to support this community parade with a sponsorship should contact Main Street Columbus.