After 29 years, Children’s Health will no longer be hosting its annual December holiday parade. The event has been removed from a devoted landing page for the parade and the Dallas Children’s Health Parade website. Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas-based health system was in the process of updating the sites to reflect the decision.
Children’s Health spokesperson Scott Summerall said the parade has been canceled twice before due to inclement weather. “This caused us to reassess such a massive undertaking,” he said in a emailed statement. The cost of the parade is unknown, he added, as it’s been “our gift to the community for the past several years, [with] some years including sponsors.”
Summerall said Children’s Health is still dedicated to bringing holiday events to the DFW community. “We are considering ways to celebrate and honor the parade’s history in its 30th year, but still ironing out details of a potential event,” he said.
According to Summerall, Children’s Health will continue hosting holiday events such as the annual Holiday Tree Lighting at the system’s Dallas and Plano campuses, Breakfast with Santa with the Women’s Auxiliary, and the Holiday Patient Party for families with members in the hospital.
“These events are beloved by our patients, families and team members, and are an important component of fulfilling our mission to make life better for children,” he said.