10/2/2020 10:11:00 PM No Parade This Christmas ...no Santa's House, either...bah humbug!
Perhaps we made an error in choosing the graphic we did for this article. The idea was to convey what 2020 has produced in abundance: disappointment. We understand the decision on the parade and Santa's House. The Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City will be held--but it will only march a few blocks and crowds won't be allowed to gather to watch it--they'll have to view it on tv. We expect many (likey most) other towns and cities will cancel their parades. Some on Facebook have suggested people could watch from their cars, but that isn't practical, and it's not the parade entrants but the crowd gathering (with no way to maintain social distancing) that would likely spread the virus. We're experiencing a public health crisis and behaving as if it didn't exist is foolhardy. One other note: no decision on the Cat Square parade has been made.
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
We knew it was going to be that way, but now it's official. Laura Morris asked the City Council and they confirmed that they didn't want to risk spreading the coronavirus so the Christmas Parade won't happen this December.
The Santa's House on the Courtsquare also won't be a part of Christmas this year, but Morris said she's working on a possible alternative.
Lincolnton Parks & Recreation is going to hold a special Halloween trick-or-treat drive-by at the First Federal Park on N. Poplar Street, so the kids can put on their costumes and ride with the family to pick up some candy while remaining in the car.
While the parade won't happen and neither will the Santa's House, Morris said they're working on the possibility of also having a socially distanced visit with Santa on certain evenings before Christmas at First Federal Park. The Halloween drive-by will be a test run of sorts.
The Christmas tree on the east side of the Courthouse facing E. Main Street will be lit, but this year, there won't be a lighting ceremony.
For right now, the Apple Drop for New Year's Eve hasn't been officially cancelled--yet. If things improve, it could still happen...but we will be very surprised if it does. The Apple may drop...but if the pandemic isn't a lot better, there won't be a big gathering.
The City Council also approved a new Arts Display Ordinance Thursday night. It will provide a specified program for public art works--from murals to statues and any other public art form.
The board also approved a request to create a golf-cart 'taxi' service. A couple got permission to operate the service on city streets where golf carts are allowed. They'll provide safe transportation to and from restaurants, night spots, etc. as well as to shops in the downtown area for a fee. Their cart is large enough to seat multiple people and they'll have seat belts and proper insurance for the operation.
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