Kalona Chamber planning Kalonacade on Saturday

The Kalona Area Chamber of Commerce is planning a parade through Kalona Saturday afternoon.

The Chamber has invited local businesses, churches and schools to create floats and join the “Kalonacade.”

“We were trying to decide what kinds of events the Chamber could still promote,” Chamber board member Katie Miller said. “We’ve had to cancel a lot of events this year.”

She noted that area businesses have taken a hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s a way to thank the community and encourage them to shop locally, especially with the upcoming holiday season,” Miller said.

“It’ll be a fun, carefree outing,” she said. “We’re hoping people will come out and have fun.”

Miller said that organizers are encouraging social distancing among participants and spectators and urged the use of face coverings.

She said that the Chamber is not requiring pre-registration, but several businesses have contacted the Chamber about participating.

Participants will gather in the Kalona Sales Barn parking lot at 4:30 p.m., with the parade scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

From the Sale Barn, the parade will move south on Ninth Street, then west on A Avenue.

After winding through downtown Kalona on B Avenue, Sixth Street and D Avenue, the parade will cross Highway 22 at Fourth Street and make its way through the neighborhood around Pleasantview Home.

The parade will then move north on Sixth Street, east on J Avenue and finally south on 14th Street.

The parade will end at the Sunnyside Mennonite Church at the northwest corner of 14th Street and Highway 22.

No items, including candy, are permitted to be thrown from participating vehicles.