The future of the Canada Day Parade is a bit up in the air.
The Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce (DDCC) has recently announced that 2019 will be their last year organizing the parade.
"It has been something that we have been looking at over time with regards to some of the things we see year after year in the parade and the safety aspects concerns for the participants and the spectators along the route," explained Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Heather Bitz.
In a press release issued by the DDCC, the organization states that a recent death of a child during a Christmas parade in Nova Scotia reinforced their decision to take a step back as organizers.
"We have taken numerous steps to minimize the liability and enhance the safety for all involved. We will continue to do that for 2019, we just got to the point that we are not willing to assume that liability any longer. Especially as a non-profit, it is a huge risk for our organization to take on," continues Bitz.
All hope is not lost though for the highlight of Canada Day celebrations. Bitz goes on to say that the DDCC knows how much the parade means to Drumheller and that they hope the parade will continue after them.
"We have been doing it for over twenty plus years, we felt that giving this advanced notice that it would allow ample time for somebody to take over and certainly we would be willing to assist in the transition for a new group or organization to take over the future Canada Day Parade," concluded Bitz.
In order to keep the parade safe for all this year, the DDCC is not allowing any candy or promotional material to be handed out during the 2019 Canada Day Parade.