Pa. capital nixes holiday parade over low cash

By the Associated Press | October 24, 2011 | 3:10 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Santa Claus won't be making his annual early visit to Pennsylvania's capital city.

Officials in Harrisburg have canceled the city's annual holiday parade because organizers haven't raised enough money.

Last year, the financially troubled capital started requiring special events to pay for themselves. Parks and recreation director Brenda Alton says not enough sponsors have ponied up to keep the floats afloat.

Mayor Linda Thompson says she's hopeful the parade can return in 2012.

The parade has traditionally marked the start of the holiday season with floats, bands and balloons and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Harrisburg's city council has filed a bankruptcy petition and the state is moving toward taking over its finances.