The Edmond Sun

December 3, 2013

City calls off parade, tree lighting due to weather

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Edmond Electric Parade of Lights originally set for Saturday in downtown Edmond have been canceled. These events will not be rescheduled, but will resume in 2014, according to a city spokesman.

The cancelations 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. These temperatures cause numerous issues for parade participants and a significant number already have decided not to participate, said Casey Moore, Edmond’s Public Information Officer.

“We are incredibly disappointed to cancel this year’s event because it is always a great highlight around the holidays,” Moore said. “However, our first concern is always with the safety and well-being of the participants and spectators. We look forward to bringing these events back to the citizens next year.”

One event that will continue with an alternate plan is the announcement of the Mayor’s Essay Contest Winner. This presentation will now take place on at 1:30 p.m. Sunday just before the North Pole Holiday Adventure at the MAC in Mitch Park. Winners will be announced and given one free admission to the Holiday Adventure.

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