• Fireworks, Downtown New Year's Celebrations Cancelled In Calgary; Fire Pit Program A Success

    New Year’s Eve won’t have its usual sparkle as Calgary’s mayor announced Thursday the city’s annual fireworks display and downtown celebrations are cancelled.

    However, the city’s winter fire pits program has been so overwhelmingly popular, city officials are looking into adding more to accommodate the high demand.

    Mayor Naheed Nenshi said cancelling New Year’s Eve celebrations is necessary because of the current rate of spread of COVID-19 in the community.

    “There are many ways you can mark the occasion by staying safe and, of course, we encourage you to stay home this year so you can stay safe and healthy,” said Nenshi.

    He said he has cancelled his personal annual New Year’s tradition of gathering with friends and family to review the year and break out some board games. It’s important that everyone starts planning their at-home celebrations, Nenshi said.

    “There are opportunities to celebrate outdoors in small groups. The city has the winter fire pits program, there are plenty of toboggan hills and cross-country ski and snowshoe tracks in parks and pathways for a winter walk, and some outdoor skating rinks will be available, including Olympic Plaza,” said Nenshi, reminding people that social distancing can be tricky while skating.

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