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Storm Cancels New Canaan Halloween Parade

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Saturday’s wintry weather has forced the cancellation of the annual New Canaan Halloween Parade, which had been set for Sunday.

The event was called off after consulting with the town’s Office of Emergency Management, said Tucker Murphy, executive director of the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce. Too many downed wires and problems with fallen trees and slick roads made it unsafe for people to be out Sunday, she said. The parade will not be rescheduled.

As of 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 3,375 Connecticut Light & Power customers in town were without power. Emergency officials were asking residents to stay in their homes for safety. Town officials opened New Canaan Town Hall as an emergency shelter. Gov. Dannel Malloy closed the Merritt Parkway earlier in the day to all non-emergency vehicles.

This is the second time this year that bad weather has canceled a town parade. The annual Memorial Day Parade was called off in May because of heavy rain on Memorial Day morning, though the town held Memorial Day services at Town Hall.

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