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North Park Toyland Parade has been canceled in a historic first

For the first time in decades, the North Park Toyland Parade has been canceled.

Update: the parade is back on thanks to the help of the community

For the first time in decades, the North Park Toyland Parade has been canceled due to sponsorship withdrawal.  

In an email obtained by San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, we learned that a longtime sponsor backed out at the last minute which in turn caused others to withdraw their sponsorships.

According to The The North Park Toyland Parade Board of Directors the loss of those funds and lack of support from the North Park community solidified the decision.

Asking for donations as little as $1 via social media last week, the board was hoping to raise enough to continue on with the more than half-century old tradition, but even that couldn't help change the final outcome. 

The board has apologized to the community and assures that this will never happen again. 

In the past, San Diego Pride has marched in the Toyland Parade with partners such as The San Diego LGBT Community Center and PFLAG. 

This year San Diego Pride asked the LGBT-inclusive Saint Paul's Cathedral to join them. 

The parade was to happen on Saturday, December, 1.