The City of Kokomo regrets to announce that Kokomo’s Old Fashioned Christmas Parade has been canceled. The downtown event, which was planned for Saturday, December 5th, is the latest casualty of COVID-19.
Mayor Tyler Moore announced Wednesday that the parade was being canceled in response to the recommendation of the Howard County Health Department.
“The community’s enthusiasm for the Christmas parade demonstrated just how anxiously people are wanting to participate in traditional American get-togethers,” said Kokomo Mayor Tyler Moore. “Unfortunately, the parade was scheduled to occur during a period when we are experiencing an uptick in COVID cases. The decision was made to protect the overall health and safety of the community.”
Gov. Eric Holcomb’s latest Executive Order limited special and seasonal events to just 50 people. Therefore, in order for events like the Christmas parade to occur required the Howard County Health Department’s authorization.
“I recognized the excitement that grew as we led up to the event. The overwhelmingly positive response from parade participants and spectators leads me to one conclusion - the Christmas parade is definitely on schedule for next year," said Mayor Moore.