Update: City’s Annual Christmas Parade will be a Reverse Parade at BRCCC

The City of Beckley will host the annual Christmas Parade as a REVERSE Parade on Saturday, December 5, 2020 beginning at 11 am. Due to Covid-19 concerns and the inability to ensure social distancing during a traditional downtown parade, this year’s parade will be a REVERSE parade. Entries will line-up at the Beckley-Raleigh County Convention Center parking lots and stay in place; spectators can drive by and see the entries from their vehicle. Line-up will begin at 9:30 am; floats, vehicles, displays and other entries need to be in place by 10:45 am. Spectators can drive around the lots anytime between 11:00 am and 12:30 pm.

The parade theme will be “A Christmas Winter Wonderland.” Floats should have signs identifying the entry’s group name. Categories for the competition include: Religious/Church, Commercial/Business, Schools, Non-profit Business or Organization, and Service/Civic Club. Trophies will be awarded for the 1st and 2nd place for the best overall entry and in each of the categories, along with judges’ choice animal unit and classic car and jeep, plus trophies to bands and dance teams. A $100 prize may be awarded for the best overall entry, and $50 for second place. Trophies will be delivered to entries at the parade line-up location by 12:30 pm.

Please see the attached sheets for parade information and entry form. Please fill out and mail the entry form, at no charge, to Jill Moorefield, City of Beckley, 409 South Kanawha Street, Beckley, West Virginia 25801 or fax to 304-256-1816 by December 1. You will receive your line-up position upon your arrival on the day of the parade – Entries may be grouped by categories.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jill Moorefield at 304-256-1776 or email jmoorefield@beckely.org. Thank you for your interest in this community event!


PARADE THEMES: “A Christmas Winter Wonderland”
PARADE DATE: Saturday, December 5, 2020, at 11:00 am
Note: If heavy rain or extremely low temperatures (under 20 degrees) are forecasted for Saturday, a possible inclement weather make-up date may be Sunday, Dec. 6 at 4 pm (if weather improves by then). However, we normally do not cancel or postpone events.

LINE UP: This will be a REVERSE parade. Floats and vehicles will line up at the Beckley – Raleigh County Convention Center between 9:30 am and 10:30 am. Children that are part of the entry can arrive between 10:15 am & 10:40 am. Social distancing and/or masks are strongly recommended. Entries will be distanced and need to stay in place until the event ends at 12:30 pm.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY: December 2, 2020

FLOAT COMPETITION: Floats will be judged during the Parade for use of the theme, use of color, and originality. Please have the NAME OF YOUR GROUP on your entry clearly visible for judging on all sides.

SANTA CLAUS: Santa will be at the end of the parade line. No other Santas are allowed in the Parade.

EMERGENCY VEHICLES: Please complete an entry form. NO LOUD SIRENS PERMITTED. Sirens hurt children’s ears.

ANIMALS: HORSES MUST BE BAGGED or have clean-up crew.

SPACING/CANDY: CANDY/ITEMS: NO CANDY or HAND-OUTS WILL BE GIVEN OUT FROM PARADE ENTRIES. If you wish to offer candy or items, please place labels with your group name on 250 items to give to the committee for goody bags – only one bag will be given out to each of the first 250 vehicles with children. (Note: We have plenty of candy left from the Veterans event, so maybe consider something other than candy). If you want to include items in the bags, please deliver them to City Hall, 409 S. Kanawha Street – Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm by December 1. If you are unable to deliver during their office hours, call 304-256-1776.