Light Up Logansport 2018

Parade participants wave from Tyson Fresh Meats’ float during 2018’s Light Up Logansport parade.

COVID-19 strikes again.

What had been slated as a top-notch “Christmas Around the World” event has been canceled.

Late Wednesday, the individuals behind the planning and development of the Light-Up Logansport Parade decided that it would be in the best interest of the community to forgo it.

According to Mayor Chris Martin, the decision was one not taken lightly, but it was made for the well-being of the community.

“[A]fter much discussion and the increase in Cass County’s positive COVID-19 cases, we support the city’s decision to cancel this year’s parade,” Deanna Crispen, Cass County Community Foundation president and chief executive officer, stated in a news release. “The risk to our volunteers and community were just deemed too significant to move forward.”

According to the Indiana Department of Health, the county’s positive results have jumped to 2,153. And the numbers keep growing. More than 10,420 people have been tested. Each day, new positive cases are reported.

“I know this was a difficult decision to make in canceling such a popular holiday event for families in our community,” said Perry Gay, president and chief executive officer of Logansport Memorial Hospital. “Although it is disappointing, I do believe it is the right decision based on the information that we have today about COVID-19 cases on the rise again in Cass County and across the state of Indiana.”

While the city will attempt to find a substitute for the parade in order to have a way to celebrate the holiday as a community, Perry said that “it is more important than ever that we continue to do what we can to protect ourselves and others by social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands frequently.”

Crispen, a co-chair for the event, stated in a news release that “[w]e are extremely hopeful we can work with the city to provide some holiday spirit while still being compliant with current health restrictions and concerns.”

Others co-chairing include Mendy Asselin of the Mayor’s Office, Stacy Cox, former deputy mayor, and Lisa Terry, Logansport Board of Works member.

The parade was supposed to include an International Christmas Village and a Culture Market near All Saints Parish.

Asselin said in an earlier interview that there already had been four churches, two Shrine Clubs, and several community members who had signed-on to participate. The Logansport Police Department was to provide a float and have several officers walk the route.

Several ethnic groups were planning to take part in the event by dressing in their native wear and building floats that were reflective of their customs, Asselin had said.

According to Crispen, this year’s theme had the event planners excited because it was to be an opportunity to fully integrate every culture throughout the community.

Reach Kristi Hileman at kristi.hileman@pharostribune.com or 574-732-5150

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