N. Charleston cancels annual Christmas parade

N. Charleston cancels annual Christmas parade
North Charleston leaders announced the city's annual Christmas parade in Park Circle has been canceled because of safety concerns in the pandemic. (Source: Live 5/File)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The city of North Charleston announced it will not hold its annual Christmas parade this year.

The event was canceled because of “safety concerns related to large group gatherings and COVID-19,” the city’s website states.

The city posted a video on its Facebook page Monday with a child’s take on the news:

North Charleston Christmas Parade Canceled

Sorry, North Charleston. No Christmas Parade this year.

Posted by North Charleston Government on Monday, November 16, 2020

The website states two other events will go on as scheduled with safety measures, including social distancing and required face coverings, in place.

The city’s tree lighting is set for Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the Felix C. Davis Community Center at 4800 Park Circle. Mayor Keith Summey will be on hand for the lighting of the 40′ Christmas Tree. The Charleston Caroling Company will sing festive tunes, and visitors can see the rest of the Christmas tree and light displays in Park Circle.

And on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, children can visit with Santa, from a safe distance. Those visits will also take place at the Felix C. Davis Community Center. Hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5.

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