Not everyone loves a Parade!

by Parade Guy on February 23, 2010

In New York City, the NYPD issues new rules today that take effect April 1st.  At a high level, all existing parades must shorten their length by 25% and limit their run time to five hours.  The length component affects every parade.  For the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade, the start point will be forced to move from 77th Street and Central Park West to 67th Street.  The impact on staging, using plans that have been in effect for decades, will be enormous.  From a spectator perspective, families that have long standing traditions above 67th Street will be affected.

There are at least three parades that will have to figure out how to deal with the new time limitation.  For this year, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was spared.  However, the West Indies Parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade, and the Brooklyn Labor Day Parade will all have to figure out how to either speed up the parade or limit the number of participants.

In the City, this is big news.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/22/police-announce-parade-crackdown/

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/nypd_to_rain_on_parades_SoGOlZs7IMYo2a9i7EwDuI

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/02/22/2010-02-22_all_nyc_parades_to_be_cut_by_25_and_restricted_to_5_hours_in_a_31m_moneysaving_m.html

The move by the City is expected to save over three million dollars per year.

See ya’ on the route, albeit a shorter one.

Parade Guy

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