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Parade of Homes returns with new format featuring 61 homes in dozens of locations
Article originally published by Jim Weiker in the Columbus Dispatch
After skipping 2020, the Parade of Homes returns this week with a new format.
For the first time, the parade will be held at multiple sites, an arrangement commonly used in other communities.
The event, which runs Thursday through Oct. 10, will feature 61 homes by 22 builders in dozens of locations.
Although the format will require traveling for visitors, and will lack the festive-like pizzazz of the old parade, it allows for a wider selection of homes and, of course, locations. It has the added bonus of being free.
“What was successful for 67 years may not be successful for the next 67 years,” said Jon Melchi, executive director of the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio, which hosts the parade.
“When we looked around at other markets, and what was successful there, and what would help our builders and consumers better, we landed on this format, which allows our builders to display homes in communities where they are already located in, and opens the parade to all price points and products — attached, detached, single-family, and at prices ranging from the low $300s to more than $1 million.”
The BIA Parade of Homes will run Sept. 23 through Oct. 10 at multiple sites throughout the Greater Columbus area. The free event will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For details, including descriptions and locations of homes, visit biaparade.com.