Just days after four annual Victoria Christmas parades announced their return in 2021, one of those events will not be moving forward as planned.
Last week, in a joint statement, the 39th Peninsula Co-op Santa Lights Parade, Sidney Sparkles Parade, the IEOA Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive and the Esquimalt Light Parade announced they would be lighting up and bringing Christmas cheer to Victoria after a year-long hiatus.
In a release Saturday, the Peninsula Celebrations Society announced their Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade would be postponed until next year.
“The Peninsula Celebrations Society remains committed to providing safe, family-friendly events for the local community” they said in their statement,
“After significant consideration, the Sidney Sparkles Christmas Parade steering committee has opted to postpone the return of the holiday parade for 2021 due to an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19.”
Morgan Shaw, executive director of Peninsula Celebrations Society, told Victoria Buzz the organization was hopeful for the return of the parade, however, after extensive discussion from both a logistics and safety standpoint, the society felt it was best to postpone the parade until 2022.
Although the parade won’t be moving forward this year, The Peninsula Celebrations Society urges the public to stay up to date for future event announcements via their social media and website.