PACE’s Santa Parade makes adjustments in light of COVID-19 pandemic, available to watch on TV

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The longest continuous running Santa Claus Parade in the nation is held right here in Peoria. It’s not breaking with tradition but making adjustments for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Peoria Area Community Events (PACE) announced the theme for the 133rd Annual Santa Claus Parade is “Christmas Wishes Filled with Hope.” It’ll take place on November 27, 2020.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the parade will be a reverse/drive-thru event.  Floats will be lined up along Main Street and along Monroe Street until the end. Vehicles will enter the float viewing area from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM starting at Main and Jefferson Streets and proceed on Main and turn right on Monroe until the end. No candy, flyers, or merchandise will be passed out at this year’s parade.

PACE encourages the public, and those not actually participating in the parade to watch the live virtual telecast of the parade at 10:30 AM on WMBD-TV Channel 31. The telecast has been sponsored by Busey Bank /South Side Bank since 1957. 

2019 AWARD WINNERS

Best Commercial Float 1st PlaceBusey Bank
Best Commercial Float 2nd PlaceTricoci Univ. of Beauty Culture
Best Non Profit Float 1st PlaceNITCH Theatre Arts NFP
Best Non Profit Float 2nd PlaceOSF Childrens Hospital of Illinois
Best Novelty Entry Elf AwardHeroes, Inc.
Best New EntryOSF Childrens Hospital of Illinois
Best Religious EntryChrist Luthern Church
Best Overall Unit “SANTA AWARD”Busey Bank

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