Residents’ complaints put a temporary end to Nevada City Halloween Parade
The annual Nevada City Halloween Parade, an event that had drawn crowds from both in and out of town, will not return this year after a two-year run.
Its organizers said the cancellation decision was made after some complaints.
“The residents of Nevada City had a problem with the parade because it brought so many people to town,” said Kim Cacioppo, an organizer. “It was already a busy area for them to do trick or treating, so they were unhappy that the parade brought even more people in, and people from out of town.”
Cacioppo said homeowners on Broad Street were especially concerned that having the holiday fall on a Saturday this year would bring too many people into town. But, she said, she received a lot of positive feedback from local businesses.
“The merchants were very happy, and several people told me about how much money they made and how many people it brought to the business,” added Cacioppo.
In April, the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce submitted to the city a street closure and special events application on behalf of the organizers. But the organizers later decided to retract the application.
“The Halloween Parade street closure was pulled before it officially went to the City Council for approval,” Cathy Whittlesey, executive director of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, wrote in an email.
Duane Strawser, a council member of Nevada City, said the decision was disappointing, adding, “We were told it was canceled before we had a chance to discuss it.”
Cacioppo said she decided to withdraw the application after learning about the residents’ reactions from the Chamber.
“I got discouraged,” said Cacioppo.
The Halloween Parade was the brainchild of Cacioppo and several of her friends. They took the idea to the Chamber out of a personal love for the holiday and a desire to put up “something new and fresh in town.”
In 2013 and 2014, the parade kicked off the celebration of the ghoulish holiday in Nevada City with a large procession of floats, bands and custom-clad participants marching down Broad Street.
The first event attracted around 1,000 people, Cacioppo said. The application that the organizers submitted this year estimated the number of participants at around 2,000 based on the 2014 attendance.
Nevada City Vice Mayor Evans Phelps said she will encourage the organizers to apply again next year.
“There’s no parade this year,” said Phelps, “but it doesn’t mean there’s not going to be one next year.”
Strawser seconded the sentiment.
“I would be supportive, as long as the majority of the merchants and citizens who are affected by the parade are OK with it,” said Strawser.
Cacioppo said she is not opposed to organizing a parade again next year, but it’s too early to talk about a concrete plan at this point.
“Honestly, I don’t know,” said Cacioppo, adding, “We had so much fun.”
There still will be some fun to be had in Nevada City on Halloween, though, East Broad and North Pine streets will be closed for safe trick or treating on Saturday, and there will be a kid-friendly haunted house and a “haunted path.”
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/NevadaCityHalloweenParade.
To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, call 530-477-4236 or email email@example.com.
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