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Topeka Christmas Parade to be “reversed”

The annual downtown Topeka Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 will take a different route in 2020.

Downtown Topeka Inc., which organizes the Miracle on Kansas Avenue Parade, has decided the parade will be a reverse parade.

That means people would drive around the Capitol Building to look at the different parade floats and performers on each side of the street.

Stephanie Wilhelm with the Greater Topeka Partnership confirmed the 25th annual Miracle on Kansas Avenue parade will take place on Dec 5th.

“We will be having a reverse parade, where the floats will line the street and those wishing to view them will parade themselves by car though the route. We will also be moving the route to be around the capitol, as it has wider streets and less obstacles for this set up,” Wilhelm said in an email.

People wishing to view the stationary floats and displays will enter the route at 12th & Jackson, drive north to 8th Street, then south on Harrison.

Every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, downtown Topeka kicks off the holiday season with a fun-filled day of Small Business Saturday shopping, dining, and music. This year’s Miracle on Kansas Avenue Lighted Christmas Parade was set for one week later on Dec. 5th.

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The MKA Parade’s “lighted” holiday-themed entries usually include walking groups, dance teams, marching bands, bicycles, Shriners, military vehicles, public service vehicles, floats, car clubs . . . and the “official” Santa appearance closing the parade.

Floats will enter at 7th and Harrison 3:00-4:30, with a $10 donation, and will be directed to a place to park. Cars will parade through from 5-8 PM, and are asked to bring canned goods for Harvesters.

For more information, see the 25th Annual Miracle Around the Statehouse Parade event on Facebook.

–Lee Hartman | Metro Voice

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