NOVATO, CA — Novato’s 62nd birthday celebration will have to wait a few more months.
Citing ongoing concerns about omicron, organizers have moved the party from Jan. 22 to June 3.
“Out of abundance of common sense, the annual Novato City Birthday Party – previously known as the Paint the Town Red gala – has been postponed by its organizing committee because of the concerns about the COVID-19 omicron variant.
The annual bash will be held at the new Bill & Adele Jonas Center on College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus.
"The most important element of any gathering is always the safety of guests, vendors and volunteers," event coordinator Erin Lacey said in a statement.
"Given the rapid rate of spread of the new Omicron variant, it is not the right moment to come together with our community for this celebration. We are hopeful that the postponement of Novato's Birthday Party to late spring will provide a safer environment."
Tickets already purchased will be honored at the gatherings.
All pandemic-related precautions will be enforced, the Paint the Town Red Committee said.
All Marin County Public Health recommendations will be adhered to and attendees including staff and honorees will be required to show proof of vaccination, the committee said.
The event will feature complimentary champagne upon arrival and a seated, family-style meal with offerings from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries.
It will include the announcements of the 2021 Novato Citizen of the Year, Employees of the Year from the Novato Police Department and the Novato Fire Protection District along with the city’s Businesses of the Year (selected by the Novato Chamber).
Seating will be available for 215 people.
Guests will join in the cutting of the city’s birthday cake.
Tickets for the event are $100 per person.
To purchase tickets visit here.
For information on how to sponsor the event or to become a food or drink vendor visit the event’s website.