Updated: July 02, 2020 02:42 PM
Created: July 02, 2020 10:43 AM
Organizers have canceled this year's Aquatennial in Minneapolis, citing COVID-19 and the aftermath of George Floyd's death as reasons.
The annual event is the official civic celebration of the city of Minneapolis, according to the Aquatennial website. The event is marked with food, rides, events and fireworks, typically.
However, organizers said this year's event will not take place in person.
"We will always prioritize community safety over celebrations," organizers said in a statement released Thursday. "More importantly, Minneapolis is still reeling from the death of George Floyd. Our community has been deeply impacted by his tragic death and the unrest that followed. Simply said, it does not feel like it is time to celebrate. We want to take the time to honor our community and give space for the important work that needs to be done."
Instead, organizers are encouraging those interested in the Aquatennial to follow along on social media July 22-25 "as we share Aquatennial activities, content and memories."
Additionally, organizers said they expect the event will return in 2021, with the parade and fireworks included.
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