Bowling Green Jaycees Christmas Parade canceled out of abundance of caution

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Bowling Green Jaycees Christmas Parade, along with several other local events, has been canceled out of an abundance of caution ahead of Saturday’s scheduled Emmett Till protests, according to local authorities.

In a Facebook post by the Bowling Green Police Department, BGPD chief of police Michael Delaney says three groups intend to protest simultaneously at the Justice Center on Center Street and the 1000 block of Shive Lane.

Warren County sheriff Brett Hightower says, “Late this evening, we learned of a threat to these protestors. The specific threat was threatening to shoot anyone who is protesting and anyone who is helping the protestors. As of this moment, we have not been able to determine the validity of this threat, however, we feel it is important to alert our citizens.”

You can view the full message here from Delaney and Hightower:

Mary-John Carmon, Bowling Green Jaycees chairman of the Christmas parade, says the parade will be rescheduled, but there is no set date at this time. More information will be released in the near future.

Carmon also released the following statement on Facebook:

“Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling today’s parade. The safety of our participants and spectators is ALWAYS are main focus. We have been in constant communication with law enforcement and have felt, all week, that we could provide a safe, fun event. With this latest information we knew that postponing was our best option. We will be working, today, to come up with another date for the parade.”

Additional events canceled on Saturday include SoKY Marketplace’s Mistletoe Market and Miracle on College Street Run/Walk by ServePro of Warren County. These events may be rescheduled at a later date.