Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade canceled due to inclement weather

This is the second year in a row that the parade has been canceled

HOUSTON - Inclement weather in the Houston area forced officials to cancel the 72nd annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade just before it was set to begin.

Streets were already lined with spectators hoping to catch this year's parade after it was canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The decision to cancel the event was made just before 9 a.m. local time as rain and storms started to move into the region.

"While we are disappointed that we are unable to commence with the H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade, we will always err on the side of caution in order to ensure that our parade participants and patrons are safe," said Susan Christian, Director of the Mayor's Office of Special Events and parade producer in a statement to FOX 26 in Houston.

FOX 26 reports the office of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said refunds would be offered to people who purchased tickets to the event.

The H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade is one of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parades in the country.