September 8, 2020 | The City of Auburndale and the City of Winter Haven have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Havendale Christmas Parade due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizing committee, consisting of the municipalities and their local chambers, has concerns regarding the pandemic and the impacts of the virus.
The Havendale Christmas Parade is a cherished annual event, bringing the communities together for a seasonal celebration. Each year, the parade has been held on the first Friday of December.
As local municipalities have been dealing with the pandemic, events and gatherings have either been postponed or canceled. The cities discussed the viability of the celebration and found it too difficult to pursue. Brad Dantzler, the Mayor of Winter Haven, stated, “It is regrettable that we have to take this form of action but with the safety of our communities in mind, we will be cancelling the event this year. We look forward to bringing our communities together for the Havendale Christmas Parade next year.”
The Havendale Christmas Parade has been a tradition since its inaugural celebration on December 6th, 2002. “Since 2002, both the City of Auburndale and the City of Winter Haven have worked diligently to put on the Havendale Christmas Parade for thousands to enjoy,” said the Mayor of Auburndale Tim Pospichal. “We hope to work just as hard next year to bring this exciting event back for the public.”