b'The Annual Lighted Christmas Parade Will Go OnBigger and Better Than Ever!This years been a Grinch, about that theres no doubt. Its left us all feeling a little more than wiped out. It has tried and its tried to make everything tragic, but it cannot extinguish the seasons holiday magic.Its the story of 2020this year has led us down a path full of twists and turns none of us could have imagined and weve gotten used to expecting the unexpected. But in true Independence fashion, residents have risen above and dealt with the blows with positivity and grace. Thank you, Independence!!WhilethecityhascanceledtheAnnualChristmasWalkandMiss Independence Pageant out of an abundance of caution for our local business owners, who so graciously open their doors to everyone each year, and for the health and safety of all residents, the Annual Lighted Christmas Parade WILL GO ON!The parade route has been extended so we can make this the BIGGEST and BEST parade ever! All clubs and organizations are welcome to join in on the fun. Please check the citys website and Facebook page for updates and rules, and for information on how to be a part of the parade.The city will have a lighted display burning bright all season long at the Donna Yeager Amphitheater at Memorial Park for everyone to enjoy!SANTAS 5K FUN RUNDont miss the 6th Annual Santas 5K Fun Run at 1 pm Saturday, December 5!!Calling all runners and walkers to dress in their festive nerySanta suits, reindeer regalia and eln ensembles welcome! Bring your friends and family out and be part of the Fun Run!! The race begins and ends at Fire Station #1 on Delaware Crossing.In accordance with all COVID-19 recommendations and guidelines, registration is limited to 200 participants. Registration is $25 (same-day registration is $40) and includes a t-shirt, Santa hat (YESa Santa hat you can wear on the Fun Run!), and a goody bag full of great things provided by our sponsors. There will be awards for the top nishers and the Costume Contest winner. Online registration ends Dec. 3 at 9:59 pm. Packet pickup (including t-shirt, race bib, Santa hat, goody bag) will be Friday, Dec. 4 at the Tri-State Running Company at 148 Barnwood Dr. in Edgewood between 10 am and 6 pm. Visit www.indepba.org/Santa5KRun for online registration information, all COVID-19 restrictions and all updates. Call Greg at (513) 404-6133 for further details or to become a sponsor or volunteer. 4'