As a group of volunteers in Providence work to plan and organize a Christmas Parade for this year, they’re finding more than just the Coronavirus standing in their way as the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has refused a request to grant any road closure permits for parades. But the group is carrying on and still plans for the parade to roll out on Saturday, December 12 as planned.

Each time there is an event held in Providence that requires a state roadway to be closed, the city or event organizers have to apply to the KYTC for a permit to temporarily close the roadway. Organizers said that after some discussions with state officials, they had decided not to apply for a road closure permit this year, but on Monday night the Providence City Council voted to allow Mayor Doug Hammers to seek a road closure permit in the interest of “public safety.”

If Hammers is able to acquire the permit, the parade experience should be close to normal. If not, it will be forced to use just one lane of Broadway (Highway 109) and Main Street (Highway 120). Organizers ask that all parade goers be aware of this fact and watch children carefully so there are no accidents.

The parade will line up and follow its traditional route from Shamrock Mini Storage on Green Street to Broadway. It will then proceed north on Broadway to Marlin Street. The parade will then turn south onto Willow Street and proceed back to Main. Rather than either turning back up town hill or turning towards Finley, the route will stay on Willow Street before ending back at Green Street.

Due to safety concerns over traffic and the existing COVID-19 restrictions, floats will not be allowed to throw out candy this year. Everyone is asked to donate candy to the parade by dropping it off at either the Providence VFW or the Providence Home Center.

The candy that is collected will be individually bagged a week prior to the parade. Organizers will then hand those bags out to children in front of Providence Elementary school following the end of the parade.

The group is also seeking monetary donations from local businesses and citizens so that cash prizes can be given to the best entries in the parade.

Anyone wishing to enter a float, vehicle or other such entry into the parade is asked to contact organizers. They are:

• Jeff Marshall—270-635-6066

• Jennifer David—270-635-0247

• Nicky Benton—270-635-3995

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069.

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069