COVID forces cancellation of downtown Christmas event

Staff Report
“All Is Bright, A Hometown Christmas,” which was scheduled for Dec. 12 in downtown Plaquemine, has been canceled because of the surge in coronavirus cases.

The coronavirus has played the role of The Grinch for the anticipated Christmas festival in downtown Plaquemine.

The spike in COVID-19 cases and the move into a modified Phase 2 of restrictions has forced cancellation of the of the city’s longtime Yuletide tradition “All is Bright: A Hometown Christmas,” which was scheduled for Dec. 12 in the downtown area, according to Plaquemine Main Street Manager Charley Robinson said.

The decision was difficult, he said.

“The city gave us the option on whether or not to hold it, but we decided to err on the side of the caution with the big increase we’ve seen during the last few weeks,” Robinson said. “We’ve had some people who were saying they couldn’t believe we were having it, and now we have people telling us they can’t believe we canceled it.”

Plans are now on the table for next year’s event, and possibly some other activities during 2021, Robinson said.