A festive comeback: Waynesboro Christmas parade returns for first time after pandemic

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WAYNESBORO - Hundreds of residents converged on downtown Waynesboro on Saturday, Dec. 4, as the Waynesboro Christmas parade was held in person for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.

According to Waynesboro Superintendent of Recreation Susan Roberts, the parade had 20-25 extra entries than normal this year, an early sign that enthusiasm for the return of the parade was high.

Children and onlookers at the 2021 Waynesboro Christmas parade are enthralled by R/C cars running along the route on Saturday, December 4th.
Children and onlookers at the 2021 Waynesboro Christmas parade are enthralled by R/C cars running along the route on Saturday, December 4th.

The parade's theme this year was simply "Christmas," and floats were encouraged to make liberal use of holiday lights to add to the festive flair during the nighttime parade.

Crowds gathered on a chilly night along the route, which wrapped around downtown Waynesboro from Main Street to Wayne Avenue before looping back to Arch Avenue. The crowd was a mix of both masked and unmasked individuals.

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Families and residents gathered well before the scheduled start time of 6 p.m., and the holiday spirit lasted all the way until onlookers dispersed with an energetic buzz at the end of the night.

"It's great that people are ready to get out and do things together," said Roberts in an interview before the parade.

—Akhil Ganesh is the Social Justice Enterprise Reporter at The News Leader. You can contact him at aganesh@newsleader.com and follow him on Twitter @akhildoesthings.

This article originally appeared on Staunton News Leader: Waynesboro Christmas parade returns after hiatus for pandemic

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