Borough of Mechanicsburg Cancels Annual Halloween Parade Due to COVID-19 Concerns
Mechanicsburg, PA – The Borough of Mechanicsburg and the Board of Directors of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce announced today that the annual Halloween parade, scheduled for October 13, 2020, has been cancelled due to concerns amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These decisions continue to be difficult to make as we work to protect our residents,” Borough Manager Roger Ciecierski said. “Mechanicsburg is a great place to live, and we are committed to providing events that bring our community together. However, at this time, we cannot hold these events and also protect the health and safety of our children and residents.”
The decision to cancel the parade involved looking at all possible options to hold the parade that would potentially spread out attendees. Organizers were willing to look at different methods and alternatives to the traditional parade, but in the end, it was not possible.
“These decisions are disappointing and are hard for those who are committed to offering Mechanicsburg’s traditional activities, however due to the current guidelines established in response to the ongoing pandemic this decision was out of our control,” said Jeff Palm, Executive Director of the Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce. “We have put forth tremendous efforts to continue to hold events for the community. We are looking to continue our planning so that in the near future, when it is safe, we can hold events that bring the community together.”
The Borough and the Chamber know that the parade is successful because of its participants, sponsors and volunteers. Without them, it could not be presented for the enjoyment of the community without the hard work and generosity of all who donate their time and money. It is truly an event presented by the community for the community.