Petrolia Christmas Parade Cancelled, Other Events to be Announced

Posted: September 29, 2020

Even though the Petrolia Community Services Advisory Committee selected a “Christmas Under the Sea” theme for 2020 with hopes that the parade would be possible on December 5, 2020; for the health and safety of residents the parade has been cancelled for this year.

“We have all spent many months learning a changed way of doing things, staying home, and limiting social interactions. The Community Services Advisory Committee wanted to do their best to put something positive out there for groups and families to participate in for this years’ Petrolia Christmas Parade but after very careful consideration and close attention to the rising numbers provincially, we just couldn’t proceed.” Said, Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services and Facilities.

Even with the planned addition of a live stream of the parade to encourage residents to watch from home, Director of Protective Services, Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator, Jay Arns said, “The intent is not to have people gather at this time. We are continuously monitoring provincial restrictions on gathering, changes to protocols and paying close attention to the evolving state of our community’s wellness.” He added. “… Should there be any changes to provincial restrictions, or recommendations an announcement will be made regarding a possible future event. For right now, the best way to celebrate Petrolia’s parade day this year will be to spend time at home together with your family bubble and watch some of your favourite Christmas movies.”

“There is absolutely no doubt that Santa Claus will come to Petrolia this year, but we appreciate resident’s patience as we determine the safest way to welcome the jolly ol’ elf and his reindeer.” Promised Dave Menzies, Director of Community Services and Facilities.

Further announcements are forthcoming regarding the changes to the traditional annual Christmas activities in Petrolia. The Committee is working to maintain traditions when possible for the annual Christmas celebrations, with physical distancing and safety inclusions including changes to Christmas in the Park, and an added Tour of Lights component.