The Livingston Chamber of Commerce announced in their monthly newsletter that they are cancelling this year's Livingston Roundup Parade. This would have been the 94th annual parade that kicks off on July 2nd the Livingston Roundup Rodeo. The rodeo has not been cancelled, but a note on the Livingston Roundup website says a decision is expected to be announced about it by June 1st.
Here is what the Livingston Chamber sent out to its members on Wednesday:
Your Livingston Chamber of Commerce has a sad but important announcement today. The 94th Annual Roundup Parade is not marching through the community this year.
We will follow County Orders and State mandate by not mass gathering and closing streets, we also would not ask our businesses for sponsorship during this difficult time as businesses are just starting to reopen and between sponsorship and volunteers is how the event takes place. Most large gathering events around the State and Nation have been cancelled this year. We will not put anyone's life in jeopardy or become an agenda to rhetoric conversations.
Next year will be a wonderful continuation of our historic event, it will be 95 years old and we hope we will have plenty of volunteers to assist us and a strong community of support and sponsorship.
The Chamber has been busy working with State and local leaders to keep moving forward to a safe and healthy economically viable future for businesses. We need a place for locals and nonresidents to enjoy in the near future and beyond.
The endless conference calls with updates and new information to disseminate to the community has been overwhelming at times as we have had to close to the public. We have been working on official tourism business and reporting with future tourism marketing and Visitor promotion that went awry with a bump in the middle since January.
But this is a community the Chamber has promoted for over 100 years and we will do over 100 more for both local support and nonresident travelers and film promotion. We are proud of our members and will do what we can to help each and every one. We take the concerns to not only the state level but the national level with congressional conversations by giving our community a voice anywhere we can because we are a trusted resource I cant explain the gratitude for being so included with State partners. We were even on a call with the President 3 weeks ago making sure small town Montana was present.
We don't know what the future looks like but we will be ready to react and inform our community and county members of current news that would affect them, so each and everyone that desires can be informed to make each of there own decisions for their future.
Thank you for your support as always.
Leslie Feigel, CEO and your Chamber Board of Directors