The world’s largest rubber duck will not be coming back to Toronto this year.
According to the Redpath Waterfront Festival (RWF), the world’s largest rubber duck was set to originally return to Toronto’s waters in June to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the festival.
It was then postponed to the fall due to COVID-19.
But the massive event has officially been cancelled for the year.
“Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on large gatherings, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the return of the world’s largest rubber duck this fall,” said organizers.
“The duck was scheduled to return this September as part of the Redpath Waterfront Festival, which had been postponed from June 2020 due to restrictions on public gatherings. However, with the overwhelming success of Mama Duck’s visit in 2017, and the large crowds that flocked to the waterfront, festival organizers believe the time is still not right to bring the duck back, especially given the ongoing regulations on crowds as part of an effort to ensure the health and safety of Canadians.”
1. Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on events, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel the World’s Largest Rubber Duck this fall. This weekend would have been our original festival dates but we postponed to the fall as a result of COVID. pic.twitter.com/MO9i49frDB
— Redpath Waterfront Festival (@TOwaterfest) June 17, 2020
In 2017, the animal attraction drew more than 750,000 people to the city’s waterfront for the three-day celebration and the festival generated an estimated $7.6 million in economic impact for the City of Toronto.
The Redpath Waterfront Festival said it is working on ideas to celebrate the 10th anniversary, in a physically distant manner.