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Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade on verge of cancellation after 108 years

Santa Claus on his float during the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade in 2014. .
Santa Claus on his float during the Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade in 2014. . Global News File

The Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade says if they don’t get much-needed funding in the next two weeks, they will have to cancel the event.

The event’s board of directors said Monday they’re short $68,000 needed to build a new Santa float and pay costs for the parade. If the money isn’t found by Oct. 5, the parade will be cancelled.

“Plans for building a replacement were put into motion after securing a new sponsorship, confirming support for the Santa Claus Parade Float Project with matched funding of $50,000 over two years,” they said in a statement sent to media.

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“With this support confirmed in 2017, the organization began construction of a new float, which is on schedule for completion in early November 2018. In April 2018, the sponsorship was rescinded leaving a marked gap in the fundraising campaign.”

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They did not say who the sponsor was.

The parade has run since 1909.

The organizers are asking for donations through their GoFundMe page.

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