The Downtown Christmas Parade, scheduled for December 5th, has been officially canceled for this year. Brenham City Manager James Fisher told the city council during his remarks that with the COVID numbers increasing, he did not feel comfortable holding a parade downtown where two to four thousand people have attended in the past. He said keeping people apart at the Farmers Market and Downtown Stroll were one thing, but social distancing a parade is impossible, especially with kids on floats. Council member Susan Cantey agreed, saying that it should not be held this year. Council member Clint Kolby disagreed, saying people know the risks involved and it is no different than holding a softball tournament or going to a restaurant to eat.
Fisher’s Plan B would involve having the fire truck with Santa travel through each neighborhood in town at a walking pace, but not stopping.
He said they are still working out the details, but it sounds like the fire truck would travel from 5:30 to 7:30 PM and take 4 to 6 days to cover all of Brenham. Council member Keith Herring said he would volunteer his services to walk along beside the truck in his ward, and that the city should ask the Boy Scouts or other volunteer groups to do the same.
Although city council did not vote on the item, as it was not on the agenda, Fisher said after the meeting that the overall consensus of the council was to cancel the Christmas Parade this year and continue planning on having Santa travel through Brenham.