The 67th Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade in Long Beach’s Wrigley neighborhood has been officially canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Council District 7 newsletter.
The parade has been running since 1953 when Gertrude Whittle persuaded the City Council and churches to help decorate the grass median on Daisy Avenue between Pacific Coast Highway and Willow Street for the holiday, according to the city’s website. In the past few years, the parade has drawn thousands of spectators and participants including families, businesses and city staff.
Similarly, organizers of the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade announced the cancellation of their parade last month.
Meanwhile, Michael O’Toole, president of the Naples Improvement Association, said the annual Naples Board Parade, another hugely popular Christmas season event that’s typically held on the same day as the Daisy parade, hasn’t been officially canceled yet. But, he said he “can’t imagine” having it this year, referring to what would have been the 74th edition of the parade as “Unofficially officially canceled.”