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Holidays drive in for Ocean Beach’s ‘reverse’ parade

Even before the unrelenting coronavirus pandemic brought a new level of state restrictions to San Diego County, Ocean Beach came up with a way to have its traditional holiday parade — with a 2020 twist.

For the first time, the floats in the “reverse” parade, held in the Dog Beach parking lot the evening of Dec. 5, were stationary while spectators drove past in order to maintain social distancing.

Santa Claus made an appearance, and visitors could drop off letters to him.

The coronavirus also couldn’t stop another Ocean Beach holiday tradition — the tree at the end of Newport Avenue, near the Ocean Beach Pier. Visitors can stop by to see it through the holidays.


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