The city said the parade will host an online event in place of the traditional marching band in person. Parade organizers, meanwhile, said they would announce alternative plans soon.
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“I think it’s important for the kids to know that Christmas isn’t canceled, that Christmas won’t be canceled, and we are working on a way to make sure Santa can still come to town,” said the Mayor of Toronto, John Tory.
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Tory said information regarding a more imminent celebration – Halloween – will be released in the coming days.
The city’s medical officer of health, Dr Eileen de Villa, also urged residents to exercise caution during the upcoming Thanksgiving festivities.
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“Whenever family is involved, change usually involves complex and often sensitive conversations… that’s why everyone needs to start thinking about how to celebrate important days in a way that protects us all,” said declared from Villa.
The parade announcement comes just days after Tory’s announcement of the cancellation of the city’s popular Christmas market, which in recent years has started charging cover fees to reduce overcrowding.
The city said its annual New Years party at Nathan Phillips Square was also canceled.
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