The 20th annual Holiday Parade of Lights has been postponed until 2021.
The Parade of Lights, sponsored by United Community Bank, originally set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27, has been postponed until Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in compliance with the governor's new state regulations for COVID-19, a news release from the Perham Area Chamber of Commerce said.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health's new guidelines for social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic limited social gathering to 10 participants for both indoor and outdoor events.
Trevor Semann, from United Community Bank, said in a phone interview that the decision to postpone the parade is to err on the side of caution in hand with the governor's order limiting indoor and outdoor social gatherings.
The last thing that the bank wants is for there to be an outbreak of COVID-19 in Perham as a result of the parade, Semann said. He said he hopes next year the parade, like many other events that have been postponed till 2021 because of COVID-19, will be able to resume and we can have a more normal Thanksgiving weekend.