Leaders from the City of Gadsden, Kiwanis Club of Gadsden, and other Community Organizations have made the difficult decision to cancel the annual Gadsden Christmas Parade. Through a series of discussions with key stakeholders, it quickly became apparent that there was not a safe path to holding the popular annual event during a global pandemic. While the current public health order is set to expire before the day of the parade, the serious public safety concern remains that an extension is probable, and would not permit the large crowds in close proximity that occur with the parade.
The safety of Kiwanis Club volunteers, participants, and spectators of all ages is the primary concern of organizers and the sole cause of the cancellation of the event. Efforts of dozens of dedicated volunteers allow this event to happen, and many are in high-risk categories for the coronavirus. This decision was not made lightly, but it is based on the best guidance from public health and safety experts.
Organizers are looking for safe ways to host mini-events or other virtual holiday experiences that can comply with public health guidance We encourage everyone to continue to safely support local businesses and restaurants in our community during the holidays. We won't let this global event dampen our holiday spirit and we look forward to continuing the tradition of the Gadsden Christmas Parade hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Gadsden in 2021.