The city of Richmond Christmas Parade will return this year in its traditional state -- in-person on Main Street on Dec. 3, 2021.
However, there was a chance the parade would have been held either another time, or with a different route.
"There has been a delay on Christmas parade information," Elizabeth Foster, program coordinator, said at a Tuesday afternoon parks board meeting during an update.
Typically the Christmas Parade is held on the first Friday of December and closes down parts of Lancaster Avenue and Main Street before the annual parade begins at that evening.
However, the city ran into a conflict with Eastern Kentucky University, as the college planned to host one of three commencement ceremonies at 6 p.m. that same evening. Other times that day included a commencement around 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. as well.
Each year before the parade, the parks department uses the parking lot at Alumni Coliseum to organize floats and coordinate drop-offs. As this is one of the largest lots near the area, it can accommodate the 100 or more floats they feature.
However, after being asked by City Manager Rob Minerich if the 6 p.m. ceremony could be moved, the college obliged, and the late ceremony will now take place on Saturday.
This will allow the city to utilize the Alumni Parking lot after the earlier commencement ceremonies have ended and the Christmas Parade can proceed as scheduled.
The Christmas Parade is the parks department's most-attended event by community organizations. In 2019, the parade featured around 122 floats.
With the parade having a set and confirmed date, Foster said she will soon be sending out application forms for floats.
In 2020, a reverse Christmas Parade and other new events took place because of COVID-19 restrictions.