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Jackson cancels three upcoming Cruise-Ins, Memorial Day parade due to pandemic

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Scenes from the downtown Jackson Cruise In on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. The event, put on by the Downtown Development Authority, attracted classic cars and hundreds of people. Credit: J. Scott Park, MLive.com

JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – Classic car enthusiasts and parade goers are the latest to be hit with news that their favorite events are being canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a report from our media partners at MLive.

Jackson’s Downtown Development Authority has announced the Veteran’s Council Memorial Day parade and three Cruise-In events are being called off.

The Cruise-Ins bring classic cars to Jackson for a car show on the fourth Friday of each month from May to September. May’s Cruise-In was canceled a month ago, and now June and July events are canceled as well, Cory Mays, DDA executive director, said.

“It was a hard decision,” he said. “Recognizing where we are both with the current executive orders in the governor’s office and also where things are with COVID-19, we just decided it’s safe to cancel these first three (Cruise-Ins).”

All car owners have been notified of the cancellation through a postcard mailing system. The Cruise-Ins scheduled for Aug. 24 and Sept. 28 are still on the schedule as of now, Mays said.

“We are really hoping that by that time people are able to get out, spend some time outside and enjoy some downtime activities,” Mays said.

When the May Cruise-In, originally scheduled for May 27 was canceled, the response was positive and understanding, Mays said. The response to the new cancellations, however, has been mixed with some understanding and others expressing they feel the decision was made too soon, Mays said.

The Memorial Day parade was originally scheduled for Monday, May 25, and would have traveled on Greenwood Avenue through downtown Jackson.

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