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Vancouver Santa Claus Parade 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19

The 2020 Santa Claus parade has been cancelled.
The 2020 Santa Claus parade has been cancelled. TELUS

This year’s edition of the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade has been cancelled.

Organizers said Thursday that they explored alternative formats and options for the parade amid the COVID-19 pandemic but ultimately decided the show could not go on.

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2019 Vancouver Santa Claus Parade – Dec 15, 2019

“The health and safety of our participants and spectators will always be our highest priority,” parade producer Elyse Gawley said in a statement.

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“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.”

Events tied to the parade, such as Breakfast with Santa at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Photos with Santa at TELUS Garden, and pre-parade entertainment in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery have also been cancelled.

Gawley asked the public to support the work of charities such as the CKNW Kids’ Fund and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank this holiday season.

Last year, the parade drew a crowd of more than 300,000 people along a 1.8-kilometre route through downtown Vancouver.

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