FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WTVF) — Williamson Fire-Rescue officials announced that they've canceled their annual College Grove Christmas Parade due to COVID-19 restrictions and public safety.
“We know that this year has been exceptionally hard on our community due to the impacts of COVID-19. We feel that this is the wisest decision that we can make with information we have right now,” Chief Jones said in a press release. “We want to make sure to thank everyone that has been involved in our parade each year. We know that many in our community look forward each year to participating. The decision to cancel was difficult but based on our mission to keep our community safe. We share in everyone’s disappointment, but look forward to resuming this Williamson County tradition next year.”
The Christmas Parade is normally held in College Grove on the first Sunday of December, with over 1,000 attendees and participants.
The press release explained that the department was following the Center for Disease Control's guidelines, which recommends event organizers assess the community's COVID-19 current condition in order to make their decision.
Thursday marked a new peak in COVID-19 cases in Tennessee, making November the worst month in terms of positive COVID-19 cases.