Vincennes hosts annual Christmas parade in drive thru format

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VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Christmas music, Santa Claus and packed cars filled Gregg Park for the Vincennes Christmas in the park.

Vincennes annual Christmas parade was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, instead of cancelling the annual celebration, it took on a drive thru format.

Vincennes Mayor, Joe Yochum, said he was glad to see the community adapt.

“I think we are a very close community and everybody loved to come out to the Christmas parade. But rather than just cancel it all, we were excited that we could do something in park. And it looks like everyone is enjoying it.”

Churches, non-profits and local businesses each created floats for families to view as they drove by.

Those who spent time making the Christmas displays said it felt good to interact with the community.

“It has been wonderful to see everyone out. Even just in their cars waving at us and saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ We can still feel the community. We’re still here and we’re still doing. It’s just great,” Shannon Greene said.

“I’m having a ball. To see this many cars just keep coming through is just so heartening. I mean the fact that we don’t have to stop Christmas. We just adapt,” said Rachael Ginder.

Mayor Yochum said he hopes they were able to spread joy this holiday season after such an unusual year.

“Even in the times we’re in now, We can still enjoy it and enjoy the season and celebrate this season.”

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