NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For the first time in more than 30 years, Donelson will not host a Christmas parade in December.
The Donelson – Hermitage Chamber of Commerce website confirmed the cancellation of the tradition on Tuesday.
Problems obtaining permits and failure to reach agreements on using private land delayed the parade planning process.
Chamber president Sharon Kipp said that the property that has been the staging area for the parade for years was not able to be used, and by the time alternative route was determined it was too late to amend the permit.
These issues, Kipp said, made the logistics “impossible.”
Dozens of Donelson residents voiced their frustration and disappointment on Facebook. District 15 councilman Jeff Syracuse who previously served as president of the Chamber of Commerce posted that he also was “upset and disheartened” by the cancelled parade but still supports the Chamber.
“After 30 years of doing this, this is a parade that people really look forward to each year,” Syracuse said. “Next year if we just start a little earlier perhaps we can work out any of the logistical challenges they had this year.”
For this year, there will be a “Cookies with Santa” event held on Dec. 3 from 2 until 4 p.m. at Fifty Forward Donelson Station.
Next year, however, Kipp says the parade will happen and that “Santa will prevail.”
Chamber officials also told News 2 the only times the parade has been canceled before were weather-related.