Weather led to cancelation of Hagerstown parade

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The 87th Alsatia Mummers Parade, the biggest nighttime parade on the East Coast, was canceled Saturday.

"Due to the inclement weather, this year's parade is canceled," parade director Jim McCleaf announced Satruday morning.

Tickets are being refunded at the Maryland Theatre, starting Tuesday, Nov. 1.

McCleaf said, "The Alsatia Club will refund tickets at the Maryland Theatre for people who purchased parade seating tickets."

It has been decades since the parade was not held and that was during World War II.

Officials made the decision Satruday morning due to the snowfall and the projected unsafe conditions.  Holding the parade, postponing the parade and other considerations were carefully weighed, according to McCleaf. The Alsatia Club met with law enforcement officials and those involved in the parade in making the decision to cancel.

"It's in the best interest to cancel the parade for this year, and look forward to an even better parade next year,” McCleaf related. “We are truly heartbroken that this year's parade will not go on, none of us in the Alsatia Club can recall a parade ever being canceled because of weather. But the heavy snowfall and tree limbs, and slippery streets make this a true safety concern.

“We will do everything we can to make up for this weather-related decision by making the parade in 2012 the best parade ever."