VIRTUAL PARADE

With the coronavirus knocking out the annual Roundup Parade, organizers are planning the next best thing
By 
Sam Klomhaus — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, June 29, 2020
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Enterprise photo by Nate Howard

A float heads down Main Street during the Livingston Roundup Parade on July 2, 2018.

This year’s Livingston Roundup Parade, the 94th edition of the annual event, will be “just a little different this year, but kickin’!” according to a leaflet sent out by the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Roundup Parade is going virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the normal parade time, 3 p.m. Thursday, the video parade — pictures and memories from past parades — will play on social media, including the chamber’s Facebook page.

Then, at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, cars will parade down Main Street to the fairgrounds, where at 9 p.m. the video parade will play at the drive-in movie theater at the fairgrounds.

Astronaut Christina Koch, who resided in Livingston before joining the Astronaut Corps and participated in the first all-female spacewalk in October, will be the grand marshal of the virtual parade.

The chamber is encouraging residents and business owners to decorate their cars and storefronts for the car parade, with prizes for the best decorations.

On Saturday at 10 p.m., the fairgrounds is scheduled to host the “biggest fireworks display in 94 years,” according to the leaflet, in which the three days worth of fireworks normally held during the Livingston Roundup Rodeo will be condensed into one.