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Pueblo Parade of Lights canceled due to COVID-19 safety concerns

Parade of Lights in Pueblo
Posted at 11:17 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 13:28:03-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo's Parade of Lights committee announced Monday the November event is canceled, citing the difficulty to practice social distancing as one of the reasons the parade is called off.

Though the event is outside, the committee said it would be difficult for attendees to practice social distancing on sidewalks.

"We also have to ensure the safety of the float participants. It would be difficult to socially distance for many companies in building their floats, in parade staging, and on floats themselves. It was a very difficult decision," they wrote in a Facebook post.

The 30th annual parade was scheduled to take place on Nov. 30, but next year's parade is currently planned for Nov. 27, 2021.

Last year, thousands braved the cold for the Parade of Lights, which included more than 80 floats.

Several families told News5 that the parade has been a holiday staple for years.

"It's a Pueblo tradition to me that means, that really touches my heart. We get to come out and enjoy the community, feed the people, but most of all show who Pueblo is," said Robert Hernandez at the Parade of Lights last year.

To watch videos of the Parade of Lights in years past, click here.