"It was so cold in New York that they canceled the ice festival” is not just a joke—it really did happen in February 2016. On February 12, 2016, the Central Park Conservancy canceled the annual Central Park Ice Festival that weekend because of extreme cold weather and high winds.
Central Park Conservancy
Due to extreme temperatures and high winds the Central Park Ice Festival scheduled for this Saturday, February 13 will be cancelled. It will not be rescheduled.
Date: February 13, 2016, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PMLocation: Naumburg Bandshell (Mid-Park from 66th to 72nd Streets)
On Valentine’s Day weekend, celebrate your love of Central Park’s sculptures at our fifth annual free Ice Festival. Witness ice-carving artists from Okamoto Studio use electric chain saws, chisels, and picks to transform more than 6,000 pounds of ice into a glistening replica of one of the Park’s most beloved statues.
As night falls, revel among colorful lights as the Mall becomes a vibrant silent disco with live DJs, all to celebrate Central Park Conservancy’s preservation efforts.
It’s So Cold in NYC, Ice Festival Has Been Canceled
Weather could drop to minus-10 with wind chill
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 12, 2016 3:55 PM CST
(NEWSER) – It’s too cold in New York City for the annual Central Park Ice Festival. The Central Park Conservancy says Saturday’s event has been canceled. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the teens on Saturday for New York. But wind chills could drop to between zero and minus-10, and wind gusts could reach around 44mph. The free event was to feature ice-carving artists and music.
Its So Cold in New York City that tomorrow’s #IceFestival in #CentralPark is cancelled. Via @fancaster #frozen #NYC
4:13 PM - 12 Feb 2016
New York (NY) Times
How Cold Is It? Too Cold for an Ice Fest
By ANDY NEWMAN FEB. 12, 2016
The Central Park Conservancy has determined that it will, in fact, be too cold for the 2016 Ice Fest.
On Friday, it announced the event’s cancellation “due to extreme temperatures and high winds.”
NYT Metro Desk
It’s so cold In New York City that the 2016 Ice Fest has been cancelled. http://nyti.ms/20tsHBI
8:16 PM - 12 Feb 2016
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9:57 PM - 12 Feb 2016
It’s so cold in New York City that the Ice Festival was canceled. Too cold for ice…
1:02 PM - 13 Feb 2016
It’s so cold in New York today that they cancelled the Central Park Ice Festival because of the cold! #ironic
3:18 PM - 13 Feb 2016