Christmas Parade

A file photo of a previous Marlow Christmas parade.

Chamber officials announced the cancellation of this year’s Christmas parade in Marlow, which was scheduled for early December, Thursday afternoon. 
The cancellation stems from a surge in active COVID-19 cases in the area. As of Thursday, Stephens County has had 1,277 positive cases with 12 deaths and 957 recoveries so far, leaving a total of 308 active cases. 
Marlow, so far, has had 258 positive cases with one death and 170 recoveries, leaving 87 active cases.
Chamber officials said that active count “ballooned” within the last six weeks as numbers “nearly quadrupled in the last three weeks.”
The parade would have taken place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. in downtown Marlow, according to Chamber President Larry Johnson. 
“The Chamber of Commerce directors and volunteers always look forward to the parades,” Johnson said. “We always have great crowds and people from Marlow and the surrounding areas make the Christmas parade the unofficial start to the holiday season.”
According to Johnson, chamber directors and officials from the City of Marlow discussed the implications of a large crowd amid the conditions of the pandemic.
“Everyone involved regrets that the Christmas parade won’t be part of the Marlow tradition this year,” Johnson said. “We hope that everyone will remain safe during the holiday season.”

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