DULUTH, MN -- This year, you'll be watching Duluth's 62nd annual Christmas City of the North parade on TV instead of sitting bundled up on a lawn chair on Superior Street, and here's why:
The parade, scheduled to air at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 20 on KBJR 6, will be closed to in-person spectators.
Instead, floats will line up on Railroad Street and make their TV debut in front of the William A. Irvin.
High schools bands and dance groups will be pre-recorded with their performances aired throughout the parade.
"We decided to pre-record the bands and the dance groups so that we could keep numbers down to meet the state COVID-19 guidelines," David Jensch, KBJR 6's Vice President and Station Manager, said.
Jensch said police will be blocking access to spectators with a specific traffic plan to be released at a later date.
Everyone participating in the parade will be required to wear masks and social distance, according to state guidelines.
The parade will also be streamed on KBJR 6's website.