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Annual Candy Cane Lane Christmas Parade Canceled this Year

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

A popular Christmas tradition in Corpus Christi, the parade down Candy Cane Lane, has been canceled for this year.

The City of Corpus Christi notified parade organizers that they can no longer foot the bill for the manpower needed to keep the five-year old parade safe for its many spectators.

According to a Facebook page said to be managed by the event organizers, there will be no parade this year because the City will no longer provide free traffic control, and they also said a permit for the parade must be purchased.

Residents in the neighborhood who take part in the holiday decorations each year were busy Wednesday putting those decorations on their front lawn. Some said the parade was too much to deal with anyway, while others said they do not understand why the City is getting tough.

"All of a sudden, the mayors prior to Nelda Martinez didn't have an issue, but all of a sudden there's a cutback, and there's funds that aren't available," resident Gilbert Gutierrez said. "And for that reason it seems like we're not going to be able to have the parade."

Corpus Christi police said they are not trying to stop the fun, but rather the event has become so large they have to enforce an ordinance requiring a permit, and the cost of traffic control is an issue as well.

City officials said it is not too late for organizers to get a permit, but no one has filed a parade permit application. The good news, however, is that Candy Cane Lane is alive and well. Plenty of residents were out Wednesday putting up some elaborate and exciting displays in time for the holiday.

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