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You can tell LSSE Director Linda Chalfant was really enthused about running a July 4'th Parade a few years back:
From: Chalfant, Linda
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2005 4:45 PM
To: Del Castilho, Barry; Musante, John
Subject: The Parade
I just received two phone calls from Harry Brooks asking if LSSE would
handle the July 4th parade next year. Since he called twice - I told
- my knowledge of parades is nil
- this is an extremely busy time for the department and we struggle to
handle all of the special events that we currently have in addition to
the summer programs
- it is unlikely that we could handle this additional assignment without
Linda Chalfant, Director
Amherst Leisure Services and Supplemental Education
Considering the town has not put on a July 4’th Parade in 32 years they are either overly confident, overly ambitious or overly naive.
The Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest most famous parades in America and it is all of three to three-and-a-half hours.
But little old Amherst is having their Parade from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm? And how much as that going to cost in hidden police labor? (We currently pay $1,200 for our less than two-hour parade). And note they check off “town crews” for cleanup…just another hidden cost.