LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The City of Lafayette announced on Thursday that due to public health and safety concerns, the 2020 Christmas Parade has been canceled this year. The Tippecanoe County Health Department, Mayors of both cities, and the County Commissioners state it is in the best interest of the citizens and community to cancel this year’s parade.
According to a press release:
"Due to the size, scope, and impact of the downtown Christmas Parade along Main Street, accompanied by the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus in the upcoming weeks and months, it is with deep disappointment that the 2020 Christmas Parade is canceled as determined by the Tippecanoe County Health Department."
Even though the parade will not take place, the city announced Santa will travel through Lafayette neighborhoods on the Santa Express Tour. Santa will come through neighborhoods riding an antique Lafayette fire truck to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. USPS Mail Carriers will be with Santa to collect children's letters for Christmas. A list of days, times, and neighborhoods will be released at a later date.