ERIE, Colo. — The frigid temperatures are already freezing out one local holiday celebration.
The Chamber of Commerce in Erie has decided to cancel its annual Country Christmas and Parade of Lights becuase of the sub-zero temperatures forecast for Friday evening.
“Because of the cold temperatures I thought it was the right thing to do for the safety of everyone,” said Mardell Duran, who has a 13-year-old daughter who was supposed to sing in the parade.
“I was just a little relieved. I wouldn’t want her in these temperatures,” Duran said.
“Based on Everything that we’ve heard from the participants, we’ve decided that, because of the welfare of the children especially, with sub-zero weather that it would be best in everyone’s interest to cancel,” said Elle Cabbage, Executive Director of the Erie Chamber of Commerce.
That’s not to say the decision was easy.
“We were really looking forward to it,” said John Murphy, vice president of the Erie Chamber of Commerce.
Murphy said he was excited to show off his old Model A for the parade, which is the biggest event the town holds each year.
“We had bags of candy to hand out to the kids and it was really going to be fun,” Murphy said. “We’re really heartbroken that we’re not going to be able to put it on this year.”
Despite the disappointment Murphy says they didn’t have much choice but to cancel the event after several groups said they would likely have to pull out of the festivities due to concern about the cold.
“Without the choirs and without the band and all the people marching, it’s not much of a parade,” Murphy said.
Even so, the fact that Jack Frost won this round doesn’t give many a warm feeling.
“It’s a bummer,” said Ginger Estes. “You know, everyone looks forward to it.”
Duran said that rescheduling the event wasn’t an option due to the busy and short holiday season.