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Annual Arvin Christmas parade could be canceled, Chamber of Commerce asked to foot bill

Posted: 6:11 PM, Nov 14, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-15 03:51:06Z

Each year, Arvin holds a Christmas Parade down Main Street that attracts thousands of people from around town.

“Main Street ends up being just packed.”

But this year, that parade could be canceled due to a lack of money.

The city's Chamber of Commerce -- classified as a nonprofit -- said the parade has been held for over ix decades.

This year, the city is asking the chamber to put down a $1,500 deposit by November 27 or the parade will be canceled.

Randy Thompson with the Arvin Chamber of Commerce said they have never had to pay for the event in it's history.

“We don’t have the funds. Our budget’s set up in May and we stick very close to the budget," Thompson said.

The chamber says, in the past, they've paid around $500 for advertising, judge gifts, and trophies.

As 23ABC reported last week, the City of Arvin is dealing with financial troubles, and cannot afford to put on the festivities this year.

City Manager Al Noyola said the city wants the event to still take place -- they just don't have the money to pay the staff overtime.

“The holiday spirit sets in and this year it’s gonna be – I hate to say it – but quite depressing," Thompson said.

The parade is currently set for December 4th.

The Chamber of Commerce is making a decision on whether or not they will fund the event at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 14.