Edmond tree lighting, parade canceled due to impending weather

Posted on: 2:53 pm, December 3, 2013, by

Edmond holiday parade of lights

EDMOND, Okla. – While many families across Edmond were gearing up for a fun event to get into the holiday spirit, officials with the city say those activities have been canceled.

The annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Edmond Electric Parade of Lights was originally scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7 in downtown Edmond.

However, officials say those activities have been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

“We are incredibly disappointed to cancel this year’s event because it is always a great highlight around the holidays,” said Casey Moore, Edmond’s public information officer.  “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.”

Authorities decided to cancel the celebrations because of an impending cold front, that will drop temperatures well below freezing at the time of the event.

Those temperatures could cause issues for parade participants and many have already decided not to participate.

While most of the activities were canceled, the announcement of the Mayor’s Essay Contest winner will take place on Sunday, Dec. 8.

The announcement will be held at 1:30 p.m., just before the North Pole Holiday Adventure at the MAC in Mitch Park.

Winners will be announced and awarded one free admission to the Holiday Adventure.

The adventure will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with sweet treats, holiday arts and crafts and a “non-melting” snowball fight.

Admission is $5 per child.