POINT PLEASANT — The annual Halloween Parade presented by the Point Pleasant Chamber of Commerce has been canceled for this year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Unfortunately having large outdoor events while conducting social distancing is not going to be in our cards this year so unfortunately we are not going to be able to host the Halloween Parade, but we look forward to doing it in 2021,” Executive Director Eileen McCabe told The Ocean Star.
“The parade attracts about 5,000 people each year up and down Bridge Avenue. It is a lot of people to coordinate and we as a chamber of commerce wanted to make sure we are doing the responsible thing with not gathering people in large crowds where we can’t control six-feet proper distancing or ensure that everybody would be wearing a mask. The board of directors in their September meeting — we tried to hold out as long as we could — decided at this point it is just best to postpone the parade until 2021.
“It is kind of disappointing because we look forward to it every year but it is just not something we are interested in gathering all those people together.”
Earlier this year the chamber also canceled its annual Summerfest in the Park event, which typically draws upward of 15,000 attendees to Community Park every June to enjoy market vendors, food vendors, children’s rides, live music and more.
While two of the chamber’s largest events of the year have been canceled for 2020, the fall might bring some festivities that community members and business owners can enjoy, such as the annual Point Autumn Soup Cook Off and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Market in the Park, which as of Wednesday have not yet been postponed or canceled, according to officials.
“As a chamber, we run such nice events and we take great pride in the fact that we have done them for so long … so we’re not going to cancel anything quickly or lightly,” Ms. McCabe said.
“We are going to wait and make sure we are making the right decision because we know that everybody looks forward to all of our events, as do we. If we have to cancel an event it is done because we really thought out the process and what we believe in to be the right choice.”
Earlier this summer, the borough and the chamber teamed up to launch a grand reopening campaign promoting local businesses and encouraging community members and visitors alike to “Make it a Point to Shop, Dine and Re-Discover Point Pleasant.”
“Residents are very happy to support the local business community. A lot of residents in town have their favorite coffee shop, pizzeria, restaurants,” Ms. McCabe said.
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