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Edmonton May Not Have Santa Parade in 2019

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Carlo Klemm

This was taken from the organizing committee on Facebook for Parade of Lights in Edmonton 
 

Santa's Parade of Lights

March 13, 2019 @ 10:07 AM · 

Edmonton, Alberta 


"With sad hearts we announce that RWE Events will no longer produce Santa’s Parade of Lights.
Thanks to all the sponsors, participants and most importantly, people of Edmonton for their support.
We’re proud of our little parade and the joy it brought to so many people."

 

SOURCE:

I have been the Santa in this Outdoor Parade since it started in 2015. Of course I feel sad about

#1, Edmonton losing a parade (Calgary has not had a parade for 6+ years)

#2, That a big emotional thrill is now gone from this Santa's life. (Anyone who does a major parade in a large city, especially a Capital City, can attest to the emotions involved in getting ready for and actually partaking in the annual parade.)

I got this email back from the people who have staged this parade in the last 4 years...

 

Hi Carlo,

We share your disappointment, believe me. Unfortunately, though, we just couldn’t get the financial commitment we need to keep it going.

As you know, Canadian Tire dropped out as title sponsor last year (we don’t know why), and there just isn’t anyone else stepping up. Plus, we applied for a grant from the City and didn’t get it.

It is very discouraging that there wasn’t enough support overall in Edmonton for this parade.

However, we loved doing it and especially loved working with you every year! We really will miss that!

Anyway, I enjoyed our experience last year and at the same time, anything is possible! Someone might step forward and make this happen. But for now, so long!

Enjoy your Santa duties elsewhere this year. And remember – if we ever do resurrect the parade, you will be first Santa we call!

Take care and thanks for your kind words, Carlo!

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Santa Johnny Boy

Absolute bummer.  So many cities have been losing their parades of late.

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Carlo Klemm

Yes, and Edmonton is the Capital City of Alberta with a population of just under 1.5 million. 

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Hubcity Santa

Hoping they find the financial backing needed to keep doing your cities parade. Unfortunately I’m hearing more and more Christmas events getting scraped from city budgets. Our local parade route was cut in half last year and it was a total disappointment. Cheers to better news coming!

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