Friday, June 5, 2020

Festival of Nations cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic have led to the cancellation of this year’s Festival of Nations in Tecumseh Park.

A statement released by event co-chairs Mayor Darrin Canniff, Tracy Callaghan and Dava Robichaud said there is no way to determine how the virus will affect the country by Canada Day, around which the event is based.

“While we hope for the best, we realize that we cannot continue planning for the event in this time of uncertainty,” organizers said in a media release.

“The health and safety of members of our community is our first priority.”

The committee remains in place and committed to holding an amazing event in 2021, Municipal officials say.

Preparations will ramp up as soon as the pandemic is declared over by health officials, Municipal officials stated.

After a 20-year absence, the Festival of Nations returned to Tecumseh Park last summer.

The three-day event involved a parade, scores of cultural displays and performances and concluded with a concert featuring Canadian rock-band Loverboy that attracted more than 10,000 people.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Details, here.

For a list of local cancellations, postponement and further updates, click here.

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