ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The annual Neewollah Parade has been canceled for the first time in 52 years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Neewollah Parade -- which is Halloween backwards -- normally sees thousands of adults and children in costume march down Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg on Halloween.
As an alternative, organizers held a virtual costume contest. Plus, they handed out pre-bagged candy outside their office this afternoon, as a way to keep the tradition alive.
“That’s why it’s important,” said Todd Boyd, the president of the Roseburg Town Center. “People need to know that you can still come out, be COVID friendly, social distance and get some candy.”
The event was held by the Roseburg Town Center. Since the pandemic started, staff said they have canceled eight events they had planned in downtown Roseburg over the past year. They say this is their first official event since last March.