THE 2020 Tailem Bend Christmas Parade has been cancelled with its fate sealed by ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
The Tailem Bend Parade Committee took to Facebook to make the announcement on Tuesday, October 20.
"(The committee) made the sad decision to cancel this year's Tailem Bend Christmas Parade," the post read.
We are extremely disappointed, but we feel we can't create a parade this year to the standards of past parades, due to COVID-19 but we do have some exciting ideas.
"So maybe light up your houses or be creative with a sculpture."
Speaking to The Standard last month, Tailem Bend Christmas Parade Committee chairwoman Maxine Kiddie said the Tailem Bend Progress Association had been proactive in ensuring Christmas cheer would still hit the town, despite the challenges of 2020.
This year, the Tailem Bend Progress Association and the Tailem Bend Christmas Parade Committee have two competitions in the lead up to Christmas: Light Up Tailem Bend and a Christmas character sculpture competition.
"We would love to see your lights and characters starting to appear in early November and all need to be up and your lights on for judging between the November 28 to December 7," Christmas Parade Committee secretary Sandra Douglas said.
All winners are set to be announced at the Tailem Bend Christmas Parade on December 12.
Prizes of $150 for first, $100 for second and $50 for third will be awarded in each competition.
"The Christmas Sculpture Competition is our new competition for 2020 ... if you can't light up your house or business, how about some garden art," she said.
"We would really love to see the highway through Tailem Bend lit up and filled with characters.
"Come on Tailem, we already have the best parade in the district, so now lets make Tailem Bend the 'Lobethal of the Mallee'".