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Anniston Christmas parade canceled due to COVID concerns

Anniston’s Christmas Parade has been cancelled, the city announced Wednesday afternoon.

The decision was made “in the best interest of the health and safety of our citizenry,” according to a news release from the city.

The release cited Calhoun County’s rise in COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days to 758 new positive cases, rivaling the county’s previous viral peak in August, when local hospitals were overtaxed between coronavirus patients and their usual workload.

Other holiday activities are planned, including a virtual Christmas tree lighting that will be broadcast live on the city’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. on Nov. 25, which will include more lights on Noble Street, West 15th Street and Quintard Avenue.

Main Street Anniston will host a decorative window display competition among Noble Street businesses, with displays to be finished by Dec. 4. Residents can vote for their favorite by liking posts on Main Street Anniston’s Facebook page. The winning business will get $500. For more information, email Main Street Anniston director Reilly Johnson at

Assistant Metro Editor Ben Nunnally: 256-235-3560.