Fresno cancels annual Christmas parade

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A holiday tradition is changing in downtown Fresno: budget cuts are forcing the city to cancel its annual Christmas parade.

City officials tell Action News the traditional parade costs a minimum of $15 thousand.

The city has only $5 thousand for the event this year, before community sponsorships are added in.

Instead of a parade, officials say the city will host a tree lighting ceremony and holiday festival in downtown Fresno.

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