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Edmonton, Calgary snowball fights cancelled over lack of snow

In 2015, 1,500 people participated in the first event in Edmonton, which planned to expand to Calgary this year.

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First the Iditarod was shortened, then the Birkebeiner was axed—and now Edmonton’s fledgling annual snowball fight has been cancelled due to lack of snow.

“As most of you know, snow is a requirement for snowballs,” read a statement from founders Jeff Chase and Robin Mazumder, tweeted out Friday morning.

“We regret to inform you that we’ll be postponing #yycsnowfight and #yegsnowfight for the year! We hope to be back next year (who knows, we might even be in other cities too)!”

Last year more than 1,500 people were summoned via text to Kinsmen Park for the largest snow battle the city had ever seen, in what was supposed to become an annual event.

This year Chase and Mazumder had planned to expand the event to Calgary.

In February, warm weather broke temperature records across Alberta.