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Charleston’s annual Christmas parade will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9, the city announced Tuesday.

Participants in the parade will begin lining up at 5:30 p.m. on Kanawha Boulevard.

Last year’s Christmas parade was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2019, the first year the city moved the event from its traditional Saturday morning time slot, the number of groups who took part nearly doubled from the year before.

The same year, the city drew national media attention when, under pressure from a deluge of complaints, it backed off a decision to change the celebration’s name to “Winter Parade.”

In a news release Tuesday, the city said recommendations for outdoor events from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were considered before announcing this year’s parade.

Parade participant applications can be downloaded on the city’s website at charlestonwv.gov/christmasparade. Applications are due by Nov. 15 and can be mailed to Brittany Knox, PO Box 2749 Charleston, WV 25330 or emailed to brittany.knox@cityofcharleston.org.

Late applications will not be accepted.

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