Tecumseh town council is considering the possibility cancelling this year's Christmas parade.
Council is concerned about cost and security.
Mayor Gary McNamara says it's not cheap staging a Christmas parade. He said the parade cost is pushing $25,000.
A big part of the cost is security. It runs about $6,500 for police officers to patrol the parade area.
"The discussion around risk management is a good one. when you look at the recent events that happened a week ago in Boston, just recently with the via rail issue, risk management is becoming a real issue," he said.
McNamara said when council discusses the possibility of ending the parade, the main question will be "Is it really needed?"
He thinks kids are only interested in one thing: meeting Santa Claus.
The mayor suggested holding a smaller "Christmas in Tecumseh" event, where parents bring their children to do just that.
There could also be other activities, such as a free skate, open houses at the fire and police stations, as well as food and drinks.
McNamara suggests the private sector could step in if there's a strong desire to keep a Christmas parade.
"I think council has got to get their head wrapped around spending $25,000 of taxpayers' money for an hour and a half event at that particular time," McNamara said. "Shouldn't it be better sponsored by by the private sector versus tax dollars?"