2019 parade

Santa Claus led the City of Madison's annual Christmas parade in 2019. Now, he won't return until December 2022, since this Saturday's Holiday Parade and Caroling by Candlelight has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

It’s going to rain on Madison’s Holiday Parade, prompting the city to cancel all the yuletide festivities slated for this Saturday Dec. 11.

Clear skies are not in the cards this weekend, with heavy thunderstorms predicted for this Saturday, when the annual Holiday Parade through downtown and Caroling By Candlelight in Town Park was scheduled to take place.

“Unfortunately, the forecast is for thunderstorms during the time of the parade and Caroling By Candlelight," said Main Street Director Karen Robertson. "For everyone's safety both events have been canceled.”  

Last year the parade was canceled due to COVID, so city leaders and locals are particularly disappointed that the weather is preventing the Holiday Parade and Caroling By Candlelight’s long- awaited return.

The Holiday Parade was going to feature elaborate floats, costumed walking groups, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers, and the award-winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all decorated to the theme, “Merry, Merry, Movies.” Caroling By Candlelight in Town Park would have featured local choral groups, bands, and community-based musicians performing heartwarming Christmas carols with special appearances by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.

The City of Madison has not announced plans to reschedule the festivities this holiday season, leaving locals to wait until December 2022 for the Madison’s traditional holiday events to return.

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