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Threat of bad weather leads Edmond to cancel holiday parade

The Edmond Electric Parade of Lights and Mayor's Tree Lighting have been canceled because of possible bad weather. The holiday events will not be rescheduled for this year.
by Diana Baldwin Published: December 4, 2013

— The annual Mayor's Tree Lighting and Edmond Electric Parade of Lights set for Saturday have been canceled because of possible bad weather, city officials decided Tuesday.

This is the sixth year the city has managed the parade and the first time it has had to be canceled.

The holiday events will not be rescheduled but will continue again in 2014, said Casey Moore, Edmond's public information officer.

“The cancellations are due to the impending weather for Saturday, which will see temperatures well below freezing at the time of the event and wind chills in the teens or lower,” Moore said. “These temperatures cause numerous issues for parade participants and a significant number have already decided not to participate.”

City officials are disappointed because they said these events are a highlight around the holidays.

“However, our first concern is always with the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators,” Moore said. “We look forward to bringing these events back to the citizens next year.”

The announcement of the Mayor's Essay Contest winners will take place at 1:30 p.m. Sunday just before the North Pole Holiday Adventure at the Multi-Purpose Activity Center in J.L. Mitch Park. Winners will be given a free admission to the Holiday Adventure.

People are encouraged to join the fun from 2 to 4 p.m. with the highlights, including sweet treats, holiday arts and crafts, and a “non-melting” snowball fights. Admission is $5 per child who is walking age or older.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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