Santa Claus won't be arriving via float on Asbury Avenue in Ocean City this year.

Ocean City's annual Christmas Parade, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, December 7th on Asbury Avenue has been canceled.

The Ocean City Gazette is reporting that the parade, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, conflicted with other holiday events. The Association plans to re-evaluate the parade in 2015.

I realize these parades take considerable planning and coordinating all the events around the holidays must be very complicated for the businesses on Asbury Avenue, but canceling the Christmas Parade seems like bad P.R. for a town as conscious about its image as Ocean City.