August 28, 2020
Emerald Isle Christmas Parade Canceled
The Town of Emerald Isle desires to protect the safety of its citizens and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe it is best to cancel certain town sponsored events that assemble large groups of people.
In cooperation with the Emerald Isle Business Association, a very tough decision was made to forego the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade.
The timing of this decision may appear premature, however the coming months are an integral time to secure volunteers, plan and organize event participants that travel from all over our state. We recognize that individuals, families and businesses are faced with monumental challenges. Cancelation of the parade (now) will help many groups plan ahead and avoid unnecessary costs.
The ongoing pandemic has taken a toll on each and every one of us. These are challenging and unprecedented times.
The health and safety of our residents, guests, employees and volunteers remains the highest priority for Emerald Isle. Due to current and anticipated COVID-19 guidelines, operational recommendations cannot be met to safely hold mass gatherings.
We sincerely apologize for cancelation of the 2020 Emerald Isle Christmas Parade and look forward to future opportunities to celebrate together in Emerald Isle.
For press inquiries, contact:
Matt Zapp, Town Manager
Heidi Barlow, EIBA President