The Town of Garner has decided to cancel the 2019 Garner Christmas Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 7, due to concern that the event could be targeted for disruption.
According to a press release, the Town said they are “especially concerned about the possibility of bystanders—including children—being caught in the middle of disruptive actions. Town officials apologize for the inconvenience and disappointment the parade cancellation may cause; however, the Town’s foremost responsibility is always to ensure public safety.”
Officials are concerned one parade entry, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, could cause problems. According to WRAL, the Sons of the Confederate Veterans march in the parade each year.
Garner’s annual tree-lighting festival, Light Up Main, will proceed as planned on Friday, Dec. 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Main Street in historic Downtown Garner.