LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The 2020 Longview Ambucs Christmas Parade has been canceled out of precaution for COVID-19.
The announcement was first confirmed Tuesday by Main Street Coordinator Melida Heien.
“Like so many other events that have been nixed, have been canceled this year, it’s one of those things that was [due to COVID-19] precautions and with the governor’s order,” said Shawn Hara, city of Longview spokesperson. “Anything that’s over a gathering of 10 people outdoors requires approval through the mayor. That’s been our approach, and our mayor, Dr. Andy Mack, has been taking the approach of let’s avoid doing those events.”
The annual event draws thousands of people to Longview every year.
“It’s a fun event, something we look forward to every year,” Hara said. “Unfortunately this is not the year to have a really large gathering where we don’t see how we would be able to logistically manage having social distancing within that route.”
The Christmas parade is not the first holiday event to be canceled in Longview. In September, Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano announced that Christmas at the Courthouse would not be held due to COVID-19. The event also typically attracts hundreds of people to downtown Longview for a day of free rides, entertainment, and visits with Santa.