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Ken-Ton, West Seneca and Lewiston cancel Memorial Day parades

The Memorial Day parades in Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda, West Seneca and Lewiston are canceled.

Government administrators and event organizers over the past week made the decision because of concerns over the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Even though federal, state and local leaders are optimistic the spread of Covid-19 has plateaued, officials involved in the parades say the risk remains too great to go ahead with them.

The Lewiston parade heads along Center Street with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial and a luncheon afterward. The organizing committee earlier this month made the decision to cancel.

The Ken-Ton parade that winds down Delaware Avenue in Tonawanda and Kenmore is one of the largest in the area.

The 70-year-old parade has never been canceled except for weather, Tonawanda Supervisor Joseph Emminger said Friday. He said organizers considered moving it to July 4 but many participants had previous commitments for that date.

The West Seneca Joint Veterans Committee announced the cancellation of the town's parade on its website.

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