2021 Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Canceled

Organizers of the Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade say the event has been canceled for 2021 due to increased expenses, decreased revenue, and a lack of volunteers.

Posted: Nov 3, 2021 9:18 AM
Updated: Nov 3, 2021 5:58 PM

The annual Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade has been canceled for the second year in a row.

While the Christmas parade was canceled last year directly due to safety concerns caused by COVID-19, organizers of the event say the cancellation of this year's parade is due to several reasons.

"Our expenses, of which we must raise every dollar ourselves, have increased some 25-30%, our expected revenue is down some 80+%, the number of volunteers has fallen to just a handful of people who will guarantee their assistance on parade day, and public support has been vocally against the planned event," organizers of the Christmas parade said Wednesday.

The parade is put together by volunteers and not affiliated with city goverment, but leaders in Owensboro were still saddended to hear the news.

"Well, its disappointing, but it's understandable, Tom Watson, mayor of Owensboro. "I know that the group tried really hard to make it work, but their expenses have gone up a bunch. Their revenue they used to generate from the parade has gone down, and the volunteers have gone down."

Anyone who had an entry in the parade is being contacted by the Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade Committee to discuss options.

The parade committee says that it will meet after the holidays to begin making plans for the 2022 Owensboro-Daviess County Christmas Parade, which is tentatively scheduled to take place on Nov. 19, 2022.

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