This year has surely been a struggle and an issue for the entire country. Many events and outdoor activities have been canceled due to Covid-19. With the recent Festival of Lights parade being canceled, we decided to bring a different parade to you.

Several Bartholomew County first responders (ie: Clay Township Fire, Clifford Fire, Elizabethtown Fire, Hartsville Fire, Hope Fire, Columbus Police, Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department, Indiana State Police, Columbus Regional EMS, and more) have teamed up to parade through a couple streets in a few of the towns in Bartholomew County in a Parade of Hope on Saturday, Dec. 19th.

We want to give each and everyone hope and Inspiration through this tough time. We want families to enjoy this parade. These first responders want to give their community members something to appreciate and enjoy. Who doesn't like to see lights and hear sirens?

Below are the estimated times and the route the parade will take. Social distancing and the use of  masks are highly recommended. If the route does not pass your residence or street, feel free to park somewhere or walk down to the corner, but maintain social distancing.

Santa will be making an appearance but maintaining social distancing inside of Hartsville's Fire Engine This event is put on by your independent volunteer fire departments and their members

Clay Township

(Start at 6:30 p.m. Estimated arrival time to Jewell Village 6:37 p.m.)

Right out of station to Rogers Street, then left onto County Road 500E, Right on County Road 50 N Left on Dellasburg (approximately 6:35 p.m.). Right on Base, Left on Jewell (approx. 6:37 p.m). Right on Asenath, Right on Della, Left on Base, Left on U.S. 31 and then head toward Elizabethtown.

Elizabethtown

(Estimated arrival time to Mineral Springs 6:47 p.m. Estimated time to enter E-town 6:58 p.m)

U.S. 31 S from Jewell Village, Right at County Road 400S Roundabout, Left on County Road 250 E. Left on Forster Ave (stay left), Left on Karlsway Dr, curves right on to Sandereck Dr, curves left on to Brush Creek Dr. Left on County Road 250E, Left on County Road 500S to U.S. 31. Left on U.S. 31. Right on County Road 475S and head in to Elizabethtown.

(Approximately 7:00 p.m.) Right on Railroad. Left on 11th Street, Left on Pennsylvania, Right on Legal Tender and head toward State Road 7. Cross State Road 7 and then turn left on County Road 600E and then go toward State Road 46. Turn right on State Road 46 and head toward State Road 9 and 46 then right to Hartsville,

Hartsville

(Estimated time of arrival through Newbern is 7:18 p.m. and Hartsville is 7:21 p.m.)

Enter Hartsville, Right on Washington Street, Left on College, Left on Taylor, Left on State Road 46. Right on Jackson, Left on Clinton, Right on Washington and head toward Hope on County Road 500N.

Hope

(Estimated time of Arrival to Hope 7:35 p.m.)

Turn Right on State Road 9. Right on Schafer Drive, Right on Brookside Drive, Right on Schafer Drive, Right on Schafer, continue straight on County Road 775E, Right on South Street, Left on Aiken, Left on Jackson, Left on State Road 9. go in front of school. turn right on County Road 600N and head toward Clifford.

Clifford

(Estimated time of arrival 7:56 p.m.)

West on County Road 600N to County Road 250 E, Left on 250 E. Right on Sugar and curves left on Washington, Right on Poplar Street, Right on Depot Street, Left on Main Street toward Marr Road.