The Sapulpa Chamber has made the decision, “with great regret,” to cancel the 2020 “Hometown Heroes” Christmas parade they had planned for Saturday, December 5th, according to a statement they released on Friday afternoon.
The cancellation comes just two weeks shy of the annual holiday tradition, which has stood the test of time for nearly a hundred years.
We’ve included the full statement from Sapulpa Chamber Director Suzanne Shirey below.
It is with great regret that we must announce the cancellation of the Sapulpa Chamber Christmas Parade that was scheduled for Saturday, December 5th.
Out of an abundance of caution and elements outside of our control, we simply can’t justify an event that would bring multiple community citizens together and increase their risk of illness. We also have limited law enforcement to safely conduct our street closures.
With that being said, we want to encourage you to help us welcome Lt. Governor Matt Pinnell who will be assisting us in the lighting of the new Tree of Hope, located at the Creek County Courthouse, on Tuesday, November 24th at 5:30 p.m. Join us and Sapulpa Main Street for their annual Lights On! ceremony, which will feature live broadcasts with Mike Collier, from KJRH News Channel 2. There will also be several other activities in the downtown area that will help us usher in the Christmas season.
This decision did not come without the input of many that are directly involved. This year, more than ever, we know we need to cling to all things Christmas and the hope that this season brings. Please remember the reason for the season, and we will come back next year bigger and better!