SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The MLK Observance Day Association has decided to postpone Savannah’s parade citing a spike in COVID-19 cases.

“This was not a decision we arrived at lightly, but the safety of our community is our highest priority,” a statement from the organization reads.

The parade was set for the morning of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

Even before the cancellation, organizers cut the size of the parade in half to 150 entries. The association also planned for a vaccine clinic during the festivities.

Ultimately, the group decided that although the parade would be outdoors, the crowds of onlookers would raise the potential for the spread of COVID.

A new date will be announced at a later time, the parade association said.

Organizers advised that parade applicants should expect an email with additional details. Entries will be honored for the new parade date or a refund can be requested.

The parade was most recently held in January 2020, just before the pandemic hit the Hostess City.

Last year, in lieu of any in-person events, the association focused on its MLK Giving Campaign to provide funds for their King Memorial Scholarship and Community Giveback Programs. Organizers say they’ll continue to support local children this year through the scholarship and community programs.

One other MLK parade in the area — Hilton Head’s annual event — was canceled due to COVID concerns.