The tradition of an Independence Day parade through the streets of Boise is in serious jeopardy.
For years, local Fourth of July celebrations have included art, music, games and fireworks all preceded by a parade through downtown Boise. With little more than a month before the holiday, the We The People Fourth of July Celebration Committee revealed in a release
that the Fourth of July Liberty Day Parade "faces serious financial hurdles as costs of staging and coordinating the parade have risen sharply," pointing particularly to the escalating costs of permitting and traffic control.
"Through frugal direction, the celebration committee had built a small surplus of funds," wrote committee spokesperson Jacob Barrett, "but that disappeared when new permit requirements increased traffic control costs nearly 20 times."
Barrett confirmed the committee is still committed to staging the 2016 parade but needs to raise nearly $4,000 to make it happen, adding "the celebration committee has never received funding from the City of Boise or any other government. All funds for the parade have come from private donors and nominal entry fees for parade participants."
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