*The City of Harrisonburg will not move forward with this year’s revised Reverse Holiday Parade due to new COVID-19 guidelines regarding social gatherings announced by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
Governor Northam’s latest Executive Order, issued Friday, November 13, restricts social gatherings to no more than 25 individuals in an attempt to limit the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and wellness of the community. Due to the nature of the planned Reverse Holiday Parade and the number of participants who had signed up to host a float at Westover Park, it was clear the event would not be able to adhere to the new gathering restrictions and City staff made the difficult decision not to move forward.
Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation is considering alternative events to still engage with residents and families this holiday season. A virtual tree lighting event will take place Friday, December 4, broadcast on the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Facebook page. And the Santa Around Town program will see Santa Claus partner with the Harrisonburg Fire and Police Departments to take a tour through The Friendly City on Saturday, December 12. Meanwhile, the Calls from the North Pole event is already taking place, where families can register to receive a call from Santa’s Helpers on Monday, December 14.
For more information contact Matt Little at 540-433-2474 or Matthew.Little@harrisonburgva.gov.