Festival of Lights parade returns Saturday

Santa Claus and some elves wave during the Festival of Lights parade, Saturday, December 7, 2019. Carla Clark | For The Republic

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The free 2021 Festival of Lights Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday figures to be perhaps 30 minutes shorter than in the past due to entries being limited to 75 instead of the normal 100.

Joyce Lucke of the nonprofit JAKKS Inc. that coordinates the event mentioned that the move was made simply to limit the amount of time people may be clustered together amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the past, the gathering has attracted crowds estimated at 7,000 to 10,000 people along the slightly more than mile-long route mostly along Washington and Third streets in downtown Columbus.

“This year, I think it’ll be a complete surprise to me how many people show up,” Lucke said.

She added that she was pleased to see the weather forecast for Saturday for temperatures in the 40s at the time of the parade.

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