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Parade sponsors charging entry fee this year

Published 11:08am Saturday, November 9, 2013

FRANKLIN—Good times have a price tag, and Christmas parades are no exception.

The City of Franklin and the Downtown Franklin Association, which are sponsoring the downtown holiday event, are requiring a $10 entry fee of organizations that want to include their floats or just march along; the charge is $25 after Friday, Nov. 15.

This is done to offset the costs, said Leesa Livesay, who’s serving as a parade coordinator seeking entries.

Barricades and security for the parade, which is set for Friday, Dec. 6, cost about $2,000, Livesay said. She added that even replenishing candy and decorations can be expensive. The price ranges from $3,500 to $4,000 to cover the experience.

As Livesay sees it, the fee is nominal. More importantly, participating in the parade she said is, “good advertising for a business, church or social group. It’s a good way to get more noticed by the public.”

Late entries will be accepted to Monday, Dec. 2.

The lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the parade, which starts at 7 p.m.

The parade theme is “Best Christmas Tree Ever.”

For more information, call Dan Howe at 562-6900 or visit www.downtownfranklin.org

  • Observer26

    Obviously the naysayers here are ill-informed. The parade was at night last year as well as it was for many years with the exception of the last few when it was during the day. And thats what the people said they wanted not the organizers.
    And police are on duty anyways?? Yes protecting the city not guarding a parade. Extra security is required as anyone who had been involved in organizing a parade would know. Barricades to close streets, etc all cost money.
    Second, this is not a paid by the city function though the city is cosponsoring. The expenses are from the DFA.
    And the fees are to encourage folks who sign up to be there actually show up to be there. Or even to discourage folks who just show up the day of the parade demanding to enter and placed where they want to be in the route. This sadly is a problem
    If you are not happy with a $10 fee to enter the parade, I guess we just won’t see your float that night. We’ll miss you. Maybe next year

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    • Really

      The city’s overtime for police and public works is not paid by DFA, it is payed out of each departments budget. Every off duty officer has to be called in to work this event as it has been every year.

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  • FromHere

    I’ve helped organize a parade too. Very little cost. Ask and they will come. Police on duty anyway. Night parade in Franklin is also a BAD idea. People have to pay to drive a pickup truck down the street with tinsel and a sign on the side? I think not. People have to pay to walk down the street in a Santa hat waving at people? I think not. And someone mentioned candy left on the street . . . the children will certainly find less of it at night. And charging spectators is just irrational. Just have the parade like it was last year. Daylight. Free. Fun. Why do people always have to try to change everything (and it usually involves money)?

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  • Curiousreader

    Events use dollars and resources. $10 is a token fee that will make a difference to the sponsors who work hard to make it happen. We love the night parade. The kids enjoy the special magic of the lights and sounds at night. These 5 whiners can stay home and give the rest of us a little more room.

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  • Typhoon

    5 Responses typical what a group of complainers. Little do you relize there are people who enjoy the parade and look forward to watching it.This requires a lot prepartion and work. the price they have set is a small fee and will help in the cost for this enjoyable event.

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  • Really

    Unnecessary expense and waist of resources for the city. Budgets are tight, economy is poor and cuts need to be made. People are wanting a cut in services, start with this and begin weeding out other useless events.

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  • 20gauge

    What is the motive moving to a “night” parade in lieu of the usual Saturday morning activity. All of the parade participants will be standing around in the dark waiting for the assembly activity. Then, of course, the city will have to clean up afterward to remove all of the candy thrown to the spectators but lost in the darkness.
    This decision for the night parade falls into the same category with that of spending excessive dollars for the public bathroom at Barrett’s Landing which can only be used on a limited basis !!

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    • simplifyingit

      moving to night parade so they can have alcohol since drinking on a saturday morning is not widely accepted. If you have to ask who made that decision you are disconnected and don’t know who the organizers are!

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    How much is the fee for the people to stand on the sidewalk and watch the parade? Should be at least five dollars each, to pay for all the candy they get thrown at them . . . . .

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  • FromHere

    Ha! They just rained on their parade.

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