Well this will be a first, that's for sure.

The annual City of Ellsworth Christmas parade is still on for this Saturday, December 5th, but now there's a new twist to it.

With no marching bands or anyone else on foot this year for that matter, the parade was due to start at the Maine Coast Mall before heading out onto High Street.  Floats and other vehicles were then to travel the length of High Street before taking a left onto Main Street and parading through the center of town.

Now of course with the COVID-19 pandemic all but exploding because of a variety of factors, the annual Christmas parade has turned into something totally novel for Ellsworth, a drive-by affair.

The now "stationary parade" will be set up at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School this Saturday, and beginning at 11 a.m. folks can slowly drive by all the holiday displays by different groups, businesses and organizations. Cars filled with holly jolly type revelers can enter via the Forest Avenue entrance to the school, and then drive past displays and then out the other end of the school's parking lot.  Forest Avenue is the road that runs beside Dunkin' Donuts.

The stationary parade will be on display at EEMS until 12 noon this Saturday, so get there early.

Kudos to everyone for refusing to let the annual holiday tradition not take place this year.  Your thoughtful planning and joyous holiday attitudes are a blessing to us all!  Merry Christmas, from Ellsworth!

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