Scottsburg’s annual Christmas parade became the latest in cancellations due to COVID-19 this year.
With the number of people gathering to watch the parade and Scott County having a COVID-19 positivity rate of greater than 15 percent, the city and the health department had to make a difficult decision.
“Unfortunately, the Coronavirus continues to increase, doubling and tripling new infections and bringing more deaths in our county. The mayor’s office in the city of Scottsburg hosts a COVID-19 meeting every Monday at 1 p.m. for all county government entities and the City of Austin,” Scottsburg Mayor Terry Amick said. “The county health department recommended that both Scottsburg and Austin not have our parades and planned activities. These are difficult decisions but for the welfare of our community we canceled our plans.”
The annual Christmas parade in downtown Scottsburg brings holiday activity and cheer around the courthouse square as people come to see the lights, Santa, and enjoy other events.
“We typically have a parade on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It is a time where we gather in the Scottsburg downtown area; at 6 p.m., we turn on the Christmas lights, the parade follows after the light up downtown,” Mayor Terry Amick said. “The Mayor is in the parade and escorts Santa to the downtown area where the Santa house is set up.”
Amick said he wanted to add some other holiday activities as well.
“My administration planned to have similar festivities using the Elves on the Shelf theme. We had added caroling, hot chocolate, chocolate chip cookies with elves serving the refreshments as well as being in the parade. They would have interacted with those who lined the streets as Santa’s helpers,” Amick said.
With the promise of new vaccines slated by the end of the year, Amick hopes the Christmas parade will return. For now, people can still enjoy the holiday lights around the courthouse in the safety of their vehicles by driving by the square.