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McKenna: Decision to cancel Christmas parade painful but proper Featured

McKenna: Decision to cancel Christmas parade painful but proper Photo courtesy Ginny Samples

The decision to cancel the Emporia Christmas Parade was a natural reflection of the current coronavirus landscape. That didn't make Wednesday's decision any easier to process for Chamber President and CEO Jeanine McKenna.


As KVOE mentioned Wednesday, the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce made the announcement to cancel the event for the first time in its 43-year history due to the hefty influx of coronavirus cases the last three weeks. On KVOE's 7:05 am newscast Thursday, Chamber President and CEO Jeanine McKenna says it was a decision that made sense.

Having said that, McKenna also says the Chamber wanted to bring some normality to the holiday season and was very pleased with the "reverse" parade format it developed. Instead of traveling north on Commercial from Fourth to 12th, the direction was going to be south from 12th. The parade floats were also going to be parked, letting residents drive by them to Sixth. McKenna says other Chambers of Commerce reached out to her office for details on using that approach for their parades.

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