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Pleasanton holiday parade canceled due to weather

Pleasanton city officials opted to cancel Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony because of inclement weather on Saturday.

Rainy and windy conditions passed through Pleasanton off and on for most of the afternoon and evening on Saturday, and the decision was made to call off this year’s holiday festivities around 2:30 p.m.

Officials said going into the weekend that the annual parade would not be rescheduled in the event of a weather cancellation.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that the Hometown Holiday Celebration has been CANCELED. We wish we could continue on with the parade as planned, but the heavy rains and high winds aren’t predicted to subside today and we have to put safety first,” city officials posted on the Pleasanton Library and Recreation Department’s Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

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Pleasanton holiday parade canceled due to weather

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sat, Dec 7, 2019, 4:47 pm
Updated: Sun, Dec 8, 2019, 7:11 pm

Pleasanton city officials opted to cancel Hometown Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony because of inclement weather on Saturday.

Rainy and windy conditions passed through Pleasanton off and on for most of the afternoon and evening on Saturday, and the decision was made to call off this year’s holiday festivities around 2:30 p.m.

Officials said going into the weekend that the annual parade would not be rescheduled in the event of a weather cancellation.

“It is with great sadness that we inform you that the Hometown Holiday Celebration has been CANCELED. We wish we could continue on with the parade as planned, but the heavy rains and high winds aren’t predicted to subside today and we have to put safety first,” city officials posted on the Pleasanton Library and Recreation Department’s Twitter account Saturday afternoon.

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why can't it be rescheduled?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm
why can't it be rescheduled?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 8, 2019 at 1:12 pm
9 people like this

I don't understand why the parade is simply canceled and that is it. The city should reschedule the parade for next Saturday the 14th. I'm from the East Coast where every parade has a rain make-up date.

It is absurd that all of the people worked so hard on floats for the parade to simply be canceled. The city needs to reschedule it for next weekend. Sure, there might be some bands that have other events scheduled that weekend; however, it will be great for the community to go ahead and have the parade.

From now on they should have a planned rain makeup date like most other cities do.


Nick
San Ramon
on Dec 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm
Nick, San Ramon
on Dec 8, 2019 at 5:49 pm
4 people like this

Re-scheduling the parade makes sense. Why disappoint people when a parade can easily be re-scheduled. Plan the re-schedule date in advance and make sure participants can attend both dates.


Common Sense
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2019 at 9:59 am
Common Sense, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 9, 2019 at 9:59 am
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Re schedule the parade already! Too many people have put too much work into this. If it rains oh well, deal with it. This is California rain, not back East rain. Anybody ever hear of umbrellas?


Dennis
Livermore
on Dec 9, 2019 at 10:07 am
Dennis, Livermore
on Dec 9, 2019 at 10:07 am
2 people like this

Wimps! Livermore did not cancel their parade.Rain or shine was their policy. It was pouring rain at 5:30, but just before the parade started at 6, as if by some divine appointment, it stopped. We had a great time. Thank you Livermore!


Reschedule it!
Downtown
on Dec 9, 2019 at 11:14 am
Reschedule it!, Downtown
on Dec 9, 2019 at 11:14 am
2 people like this

Come on. Reschedule it this coming Saturday. It is only right that a little rain does not cause the entire Holiday parade to be canceled. There are so few parades in Pleasanton anyway...no homecoming parades, etc. like other towns have.

I hope the mayor and city leaders do the right thing and reschedule the parade!


Beth
Amador Valley High School
on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm
Beth, Amador Valley High School
on Dec 9, 2019 at 2:50 pm
2 people like this

Rescheduling the parade is hugely complicated. City employees, vendors, rentals, the high school bands, the list goes on and on. It's not just about telling the organizations hey come down next week instead.

Should there be a scheduled rain date in advance in the future? Probably. But trying to reschedule at the last minute is pretty close to impossible.


Jeremy Walsh, editor
Registered user
associate editor
on Dec 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm
Jeremy Walsh, editor, associate editor
Registered user
on Dec 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm
4 people like this

City officials just announced that the tree-lighting will be rescheduled (this Friday 12/13 at 5 p.m.) but the parade will not be taking place in 2019.


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