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Vancouver's Santa Claus Parade called off due to COVID-19

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade. (Courtesy Van Santa Parade/Facebook)

The 17th annual Santa Claus Parade in Vancouver has been cancelled because of COVID-19

Organizers hope to bring the parade back next year

Other parade events have also been cancelled

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — This year’s Santa Claus Parade won’t be winding down the streets of Vancouver because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parade organizers have officially cancelled the holiday tradition normally draws nearly 300,000 people downtown to catch a glimpse of Santa along with marching bands, floats, and dancers.

The announcement comes as the province continues to see daily cases counts over 200, and after a warning from health officials that the holidays won’t be the same this year.

It would have been the parade’s 17th year.

After months of exploring alternative formats and options that would allow it to go ahead in some way, the Vancouver…

Posted by Vancouver Santa Claus Parade on Thursday, October 29, 2020

“The health and safety of our participants and spectators will always be our highest priority,” reads a statement from organizers. “While current guidelines for public gatherings preclude us from staging the parade this year, our hope is to return in 2021, when we can better ensure the health and safety of everyone involved.”

Other parade events have also been called off, including Breakfast with Santa, Christmas Square, and photos with Santa.

While there won’t be a parade, organizers ask those interested to consider donating to CKNW Kids’ Fund and the Greater Vancouver food Bank over the holidays.