DURANT, Okla. (KXII) –
The town of Durant is subbing out their standard vacation floats, and marching bands for his or her annual vacation parade for a pandemic pleasant drive by tour of town with taking part small retailers and enterprise storefronts decked out in their very own private themes.
In years previous, massive floats and marching bands would paved the way down Fundamental Road with some 5,000 individuals lining the streets round Christmas time. However as a substitute, this yr taking part shops are getting creating to seize this yr’s theme of a hometown vacation whereas ensuring the occasion adopted COVID-19 protocols.
“It’s introduced some pleasure again into our lives in a method simply by attending to work collectively on such a enjoyable undertaking,” mentioned Reid Gregory, director of the Being pregnant Middle of Bryan County who adorned their constructing to appear to be a gingerbread home. “We often simply put a pair Christmas bushes up inside, we haven’t gone this out for Christmas prior to now.”
The parades have often consisted of 125 and 175 cellular floats for native retailer house owners and even vintage automobiles making their method by the route. This yr nevertheless, 20 completely different companies all through downtown Durant arrange their very own decorations, shows and floats all through the route highlighting their completely different providers and bringing consideration to the native retailers.
Durant Chamber of Commerce Director Janet Reed mentioned she hopes the shows encourage drivers to buy native.
“Go in and look and see what every a type of retailers have,” Reed mentioned. “It’s wonderful what we’ve got to supply, not solely in our downtown space however all through our different companies in the neighborhood.”
A number of of the companies stayed open for the occasion. Reed mentioned doing that may entice drivers to cease and store.
Chaya Moore lives in Durant and he or she mentioned the occasion captures the essence of town.
“I’ve 4 little ladies and we love to take a look at lights and stuff like that and #MyDurant, we’re an enormous small city,” Moore mentioned.
The Chamber of Commerce even Santa and Mrs. Clause arrange exterior to waive to households as they handed by.
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