September 24, 2018 11:47 am

Winnipeg Santa Claus Parade on verge of cancellation after 108 years

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.

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“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 In April 2018, the sponsorship was rescinded leaving a marked gap in the fundraising campaign.”

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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