As if 2020 couldn’t get worse, the City of East Ridge cancelled this year’s Christmas Parade on Tuesday.
Officials released a statement saying the parade would be cancelled due to a “low number of applications received, presumably due to COVID-19.”
A new single-day record of positive COVID-19 cases (260) were reported on Tuesday by the Hamilton County Health Department.
City officials said that only 13 applications had been received from organizations wishing to participate. Last year there were 65 different entities represented in the parade which winds down Ringgold Road from Germantown Road to Tombras Avenue.
The parade _ the first Christmas parade of the season in the entire region _ was scheduled on its traditional date, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 21. The Christmas parade has been a city tradition since the 1980s.
In 2017 city officials cancelled the parade due to the threat of storms. Not to be denied, local businesses, in conjunction with the City of East Ridge, put on an abbreviated parade at Camp Jordan Park on December 9.
In a Tuesday press release, city officials thanked all the people who support the parade and hope to have “another great edition for everyone in 2021.”