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High Water to Keep Washington's Crossing Re-Enactors on Land

For the second year in a row, an annual tradition of crossing the Delaware River has been called off because of dangerous conditions.

The annual reenactment of George Washington's daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas Day has once again been left high and dry.

Organizers announced Monday that the river crossing portion of the reenactment will not take place due to high river conditions following recent rainfall.

The Washington Crossing Historic Park said on its website that "ceremonies and speeches will still occur."

Last year, high winds prompted cancellation of the annual reenactment, which draws thousands of people to the banks of the river in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and Titusville, New Jersey.

Boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river during the original crossing. Washington's troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton.

Strong winds kept “George Washington” and his troops from an annual Christmas tradition. But that didn’t keep the crowds away. NBC10’s Lauren Mayk has more.
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