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The annual Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Halloween parade is an annual tradition in the City of Edwardsville spanning close to a century attracting up to 20,000 attendees including those on the floats, bands walkers and parade watchers. It is that popularity that makes it a health concern this year for the community. Therefore, the Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the City of Edwardsville, has decided to cancel the 2020 Halloween Parade due to COVID-19.
It is of the upmost priority for all parties involved to make hard decisions like these at times like this. The always popular and well-attended event would have a high probability of leading to more positive COVID-19 cases. Large gatherings for special events are also not being allowed at this time in the state of Illinois. The decision is being announced early out of respect to the 100+ community organizations and businesses that put significant money and work hours into the design and construction of their floats.
"I am optimistic that this annual tradition will continue in 2021, provided participants and spectators have a safe environment from which to enjoy the parade. We respect the significant investment of time and funds from all involved and will do everything in our power, weather permitting, to ensure next year’s Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Chamber of Commerce Halloween parade occurs on Sunday, October 31, 2021," said Ed/Glen Chamber President and CEO Desirée Bennyhoff.