Chalk up another beloved community event that’s been nixed due to the pandemic.
Organizers of the highly-anticipated Saint Clair Halloween parade announced Monday that there will be no festivities in 2020.
Citing fears of the coronavirus, the committee in charge of the parade announced it will be cancelled. But it’ll be back in 2021, they say.
Saint Clair Halloween Parade Called Off
The Saint Clair Halloween parade was one of the bigger community events in the greater Pottsville area. And it drew participants from all over Schuylkill County and beyond.
But out of concern that it may pose a health risk, it’s been called off for 2020.
“Due to health concerns the parade committee has made the very difficult decision to cancel the Halloween Parade for 2020. We look forward to an amazing return in 2021,” the organizing committee writes in a Facebook post on Monday.
Pine Grove Halloween Parade Still Happening … For Now
There are two other very popular Halloween parades in the area and at least one of them is on for now.
We’ve not seen any indication that the 2020 Halloween parade in Pine Grove suffered the same fate at Saint Clair’s event.
It’s scheduled for Oct. 17.
We’ll keep our eyes on this.
King Frost Parade Not Happening in 2020
Back on July 23, organizers of the King Frost Parade in Hamburg, Berks County, announced they’re cancelling the 2020 event.
Not only do organizers believe it could present a public health threat, the King Frost Parade missed out on its biggest fundraiser earlier this year.
The King Frost committee wrote on its Facebook page last month, “COVID-19 has not allowed us to hold our annual Family Festival over Memorial Day Weekend in Hamburg, which is the #1 fundraiser for the King Frost Parade. Without this income, we simply cannot afford to put the parade down the street, nor do we feel it is a guaranteed safe thing to do.”
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