The Jasper Merchant’s Association 2020 drive-thru Christmas parade was a huge hit last Saturday night, with an estimated 800 to 1,000 cars coming through to see the holiday-themed floats.
“I think it went really well,” said Haley Bouchie with the Jasper Merchants. “We always could have used a few more floats but we were happy with how many people turned out, especially with groups/families packed into vehicles.
Bouchie said, some of the cars had “10 people in them.”
Bouchie thanked the Chamber of Commerce for supplying volunteers for the parade. “Everyone you saw in a green vest was a Chamber volunteer - they danced, they sang - every person that came by they said ‘Merry Christmas’ to. We owe a big thanks to the Chamber.” More pictures from the evening, Page 3A.
Bouchie said she was really glad the JMA went ahead with the event, something they pulled together in just two weeks.
“We thought really seriously about not having it. When we started setting up at around 3 p.m. that day we were like, ‘gosh I hope 10 cars show up. We had that in the first 10 minutes.”
Bouchie said organizers heard complaints about the traffic but they did hire four officers to help with the many cars that came through.
“I just don’t have a complaint about how it went,” Bouchie said. “Hopefully we’ll be back to normal next year but if not then we know it’s something we can do. We didn’t want to disappoint anyone.”
See more photos of the Night of Lights Christmas parade in this week's print or online editions on page 3A.