Most Jefferson County cities and organizations that typically hold Christmas parades have called them off this year, citing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
The exception is the De Soto Chamber of Commerce, which plans to hold the 92nd annual Christmas Parade, in cooperation with the city of De Soto.
The parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
“It is still on,” the chamber’s office coordinator Sarah Greenlee said Tuesday. “The theme is ‘Light Up De Soto.’”
The chamber and city also are teaming up to hold a “Light Up De Soto” yard-decorating contest.
Parade participants are asked to begin lining up at 5 p.m. at the intersection of North Main and Mahn Avenue, where the parade starts. It will proceed south on Main Street to St. Louis Street, ending at Culwell Stadium on the De Soto High School campus.
Greenlee said one change for this year’s parade is there will be no visits with Santa afterward.
She said the chamber also encourages families to park along the parade route and remain inside their vehicles to watch the parade. In addition, if people participating in or watching the parade are near others outside their families, they are encouraged to wear masks.
Christmas parades typically held in Hillsboro, House Springs, Kimmswick, Pevely-Herculaneum and the Twin City area were canceled this year.
For the yard-decorating contest, residents and businesses in the 63020 ZIP code may enter for a chance to win a gift card, yard sign and a photo posted on the chamber’s Facebook page.
The entry fee is $10, and the deadline to enter is Wednesday, Dec. 9.
Judging will be Sunday, Dec. 13, conducted by members of the De Soto P.R.I.D.E. organization.
Those who want to take part in the contest may get an entry form from the chamber’s website at desotomochamber.com. For more information, call the chamber at 636-586-5591.