Daily Archives: April 19, 2011

Parades get more expensive for organizers

Parade organizers may want to go cheap with their future floats.

Most of them now will be required to pay a share of the costs associated with blocking streets and putting extra police officers in the area, under new rules approved in a 4-2 vote by Wichita City Council members Tuesday.

Police say it costs $2,109 on average to pay overtime to officers to staff parades and for fuel expenses.

Starting this year, the city will cover 80 percent of the cost of an average parade — $1,688. Parade organizers will have to pay any city costs beyond that.

In 2012, the city will cover the first $1,477 of expenses. From 2013 and onward, the city will pay $1,055 of the costs, charging any additional expenses to the parades.

The city has roughly 40 parades a year. Some of Wichita’s largest ones — such as the parade at RiverFest and the Wichita Toy Run — won’t fall under the new rules because they are classified as community events and have to pay 100 percent of costs associated with blocking streets and hiring officers to patrol the events.

Read More »