Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
There will be no Christmas parade in Liverpool this year. Organizers announced November 3 that the 11th annual Liverpool Fire Department Christmas parade would be a no-go due to COVID-19.
"I think we may have been the last one in the province to cancel. A lot of places already have," said co-organizer Terrena Parnell.
"In a way, this kind of had a bit to do with why we did it. With everyone cancelling and us possibly being the only one in the area, it would open it up to so many extra people coming in; the crowd control would be impossible."
The event typically attracts hundreds of people. Held near the end of November, it features a parade, a visit from Santa, hot dogs, hot chocolate and fireworks.
Parnell works with co-chair Diane Whynot-Warner and Liverpool Fire Chief Lyle Munro to put on the event each year.
"Our COVID-19 numbers are low, but I see they are rising. The safety of our participants and spectators are of the upmost importance to us," said Parnell. "We just felt it would be safer, given the circumstances, to postpone. And hopefully next year we will be back on track, and bigger and better," she said.
But it's not all bad news for the residents of Queens during the Christmas season. Some events are proceeding.
The South Queens Chamber of Commerce (SQCC) is hosting its Christmas on the Mersey and Trees in the Park events. And, new this year, there will be trees lit-up on the grounds of Liverpool's Queens County Museum.
All of the trees will be lit November 27, following the lighting of the tree at the Town Hall Arts and Cultural Centre.
Last year 32 trees lit up the waterfront.
The SQCC is asking businesses to sponsor and decorate a tree this year. All proceeds will go to the Queens County Museum. Deadline to get a tree is November 16. For more information go to the South Queens Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.
Also in Queens, the Greenfield Fire Department and Stew's Corner Convenience and Gas, at 5077 Highway 210 in Greenfield. will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony November 29th at 6 p.m.
There will be hot chocolate, cookies and hot dogs served, and Santa will be arriving on a fire truck accompanied by his elves.
Time to practice your ho-ho and get ready for some Christmas cheer in Queens County.