Congratulations to the city of Charleston for hosting its annual Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 12.
The weather was beautiful, and the early afternoon slot was a good time for the event.
We have heard some of the mumbling by grinches — or whatever you want to call the detractors.
Yes, by traditional standards, this year’s parade lineup was small. There were no marching bands. Santa was a no-show. Spectators were sparse. Instead of candy, face masks were tossed out to onlookers. Admittedly, it was a bit different.
But in case the party poopers needed a Captain Obvious reminder: This is 2020, we are in the midst of a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing, and this is just the latest of many occasions this year when tradition has taken a seat far in the back.
Nitpick? On the contrary! Be thankful.
During a year when most planned holiday celebrations have been canceled due to COVID-19, Charleston officials, volunteers and participants should be commended for managing to put on a Christmas parade that the public could enjoy.
The holiday cheer was well worth the effort.