Saturday’s storm forces postponement of the Parade of Lights

For the first time in its long and storied history, the weather has cancelled the annual Parade of Lights.

Organizers announced on Thursday that the impending storm forecast for Saturday has forced them to move the event to Nov. 25.

“It’s not an easy decision to make, given all of the planning and logistics that goes into this event,” parade organizer Leo Gosse says. “But, in the interest of making sure everyone is safe, it’s the right thing to do.”

Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for HRM warning of rainfall amounts of 70 mm and winds gusting to 90 km/h.

“Although Santa is arriving a little later this year due to the storm, I’m excited we’ll still be able to put on this important event for families,” Gosse added. 

The parade, now next Saturday, will continue to use the updated route, beginning on the Cogswell Street roundabout adjacent to the Emera Oval and Citadel Community Centre; it will then go south on Ahern Avenue before turning onto Bell Road, then South Park Street. The route then turns east onto Spring Garden Road and finishes on Barrington Street, where it meets George Street.

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